Champagne Dhondt-Grellet Current Releases
Dans us Premier Temps NV
Made in a traditional Brut style, Adrien intends this cuvée as representation of all of three of the villages he works with - Sezanne, Cuis, and Avenay Val d'Or. The blend is 50% Chardonnay from Sezanne, 30% Pinot Noir from Avenay Val d'Or and 20% old vine Pinot Meunier from Cuis. The base vintage makes up 70% of the blend with the remainder a perpetual reserve going back to 1986. Dosage is 6g/L.
Les Terres Fines 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV
Coming from nine different plots all from the limestone rich soils of Cuis with an average age of 45 years, Les Terres Fines is an expression of Chardonnay that could only come from Cuis. The base vintage makes up 70% of the blend with the remainder a perpetual reserve going back to 1986. Dosage is 0g/L.
Prestige du Moulin Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Vieilles Vignes Sélectionées
Le Bateau Cramant Grand Cru
This cuvée comes from a vineyard in Cramant called “Le Bateau” which Adrien considers to be the best of the village. The soils are clay/limestone based on top of a chalk subsoil and the vines are now over 60 years old. They were planted in 1951 by Adrien's great grandfather.
Historically this plot was blended across the domaine's different Champagnes but in 2000 Adrien's father bottled it on its own as an experiment. Adrien opened one of his last bottles of '00 when we last visited him and it was clear why that terroir deserved to be bottled separately. After 2000 a "Le Bateau" was not bottled again until 2010 when Adrien took over the domaine.
Vinification is done in oak barrels using only indigenous yeasts and the wine spends eight months on its lees in barrel. Bottled without filtration, fining, or cold stabilization and with a dosage of 3g/L, Adrien leaves it in his cellar for 3-4 years and 1 year on cork after disgorgement before it is released. Total production was just under 800 bottles in 2010 but is half that in 2011.