Billecart-Salmon Vintage 2009


Comprises 40/33/27% pinot noir/chardonnay/pinot meunier, 73% grands and premiers crus. The low dosage of 2g/l and the warm vintage allow the fruit-based flavours free rein – white peach, Granny Smith apple and nectarine. The finish and aftertaste remain fresh and long. A house in grand form. 96 points, James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion


Aged on lees for 9 years this excellent vintage Champagne is comprised of 40% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Meunier grapes sourced from predominately (73%) Grand Cru and Premier Crus.


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Producer Profile

Growers since the early 1800’s, the Dethunes began bottling their own Champagne in the 1930s. It’s a tiny estate, 7 hecatres in total, planted to 70% Pinot and 30% Chardonnay, a typical varietal split for Ambonnay. Ambonnay is a grand cru village, producing some of the richest and most powerful Champagnes. Almost all the vineyards lie on south facing slopes, but the ground and exposure is uneven and more varied, contributing to greater complexity and a finesse not found in Aye or Bouzy. The soils are 93% chalk, the highest in the entire region, but the top soil is rich clay and silex. Power, richness and finesse.

Vinification and ageing is in oak sourced locally, either in the traditional Champagne 205 litre barrels and/or 34 hectolitre foudres. Coming from a grand cru village means that all fruit is 100% grand cru and, in the Dethune’s case, has the highest level HEV, High Environmental Value certification for sustainable viticulture. Up to 50% reserve wines are used for the Grand Brut NV from a perpetual solera begun over 40 years ago.

One cannot escape the richness and power of Ambonnay’s fruit, and why would you want to. Paul Dethune’s Champagnes are nothing if not classic Ambonnay, with a level of finesse, refinement and freshness almost unequalled in the village. Krug sources the bulk of their fruit from this illustrious village, including their rarest and most expensive wine, Clos d‘Ambonnay. If we take the Krug as a reference point, Dethune is brighter, fresher and more vivid. They are Champagnes of incredible width, long palates and soft bubble. Deep, vinous and gourmand, for drinking and pairing with food.

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