Founded in Reims in 1760 by François Delamotte, Delamotte is the fifth oldest house of Champagne, and has a reputation of elegance, quality and finesse. Ownership of the house passed through the Delamotte family then to the Lanson family and finally was purchased, along with sister house Champagne Salon, by the Laurent-Perrier group. The houses have been under the direction of Didier Depond in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger since 1988. A man of passion and compassion, he is continually developing the outstanding image of these two exceptional wines. The aesthetic, rigorous endeavor to always work better is a long lasting ideal of the House. One of the founding principles of the House of Delamotte (and of its sister company, Salon) is that Champagne is first and foremost a wine to be enjoyed and appreciated for its quality and authenticity. The wine should be – from the very start – subtle, profound, rich with the aromas and flavours which ultimately create outstanding Champagne.
With wonderful fruit and underlying minerality, the well-rounded and distinctive Champagne Delamotte Brut is distinguished amidst the non-vintage bruts of the region. In Champagne, every house shows its style through its brut cuvée, as it represents the house’s character. Champagne Delamotte brut imposes a style with its dominating majority of Grand Cru Chardonnay. Each grape plays its fundamental role, as Chardonnay sets the wine in place, its foundation and roots, a small portion of Pinot Noir helps give the wine more width and fruit and a smaller portion of Pinot Meunier, a less acidic grape, brings its aromatic charm to produce a brut that does not rely on reserve wines for character but finds personality at its roots. Aged on the lees for 30 to 36 months, Delamotte Brut receives a light dosage of sugar, a similar dosage to the rest of the Delamotte range. A perfect aperitif, Delamotte Brut can also be a graceful companion at the table; wonderful aromas of white flesh fruit, pear and ginger overlie the elegant touch of minerality that carries the wine on the palate.
International Wine CellarLight yellow. Spicy lemon and lime aromas are complicated by ginger and talc, with a suave floral quality gaining strength in the glass. Fresh and energetic, offering racy citrus and pear flavors that are strikingly pure and mineral-driven. One of the brightest and most lithe examples of this cuvee that I've had in recent years and reminiscent of the elegant versions I remember from the late 1980s and early 1990s.
BurghoundAged on the lees for 30-36 months with a high proportion of grand cru chardonnay. An expressive nose features notes of yeast, Meyer lemon and discreet apple and baked bread nuances. There is a moderately firm mousse supporting the delicious if restrained medium weight flavors where the finish is quite dry but not austere. This clearly has some older stock in it and the extended lees aging shows as well. In a word, lovely.
Wine SpectatorSubtle and lacy in texture, with a smoky, minerally underpinning and flavors of ripe pear, lemon meringue and pickled ginger. Drink now through 2018. 6,800 cases imported.