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2012 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs (750ml)

Chardonnay from Champagne, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In 1988, two of the most important families of Champagne joined forces, forming a formidable alliance that, to this day, guarantees true Champagne lovers an opportunity found exclusively in the cellars of these sister estates. It would be the joining of the Nonancourt family – owners of Champagne Delamotte – with the mysterious and secretive estate owned by the sister of Eugène Aimé Salon which would form the glorious house of Salon-Delamotte in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Delamotte holds their vintage dated Blanc de Blancs very dear, releasing it as late as a decade after the vintage. This beauty is 100% Grand Cru, 100% Chardonnay and for 2012 comprised of a blend from six crus on the Cote de Blancs: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (20%) contributes acidity, purity and chalk minerality - Avize (20%) balance and structure - Oger (20%) warmth, body and generosity – Cramant smoky minerality - Chouilly robust and length – Oiry acidity and roundness.

Vintage dated Blanc de Blancs is a limited treat from the Delamotte firm. Indeed, this limited gem is a true work of art and patience; spending a minimum of 6 years on its fine lees before disgorgement – and at this point in its evolution a mineral component has taken shape. This is destined for a long, slow evolution. You'll want extra bottles to enjoy the ride.


A worthy successor to the super 2008, Delamotte's 2012 Blanc de Blancs is performing very well—despite the fact that it was disgorged as recently as June 2019. Opening in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, dried white flowers, smoke and wheat toast, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a bright girdle of acidity, well-integrated dosage and a fine mousse, the muscularity of the vintage rendered with uncommon finesse. While this is quite expressive for such a recently disgorged vintage Delamotte, the rewards of even only a few years' patience will be considerable.

94+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)

Delamotte’s 2012 Brut Vintage is rich, creamy and super-expressive. This is only the second vintage (the first was 2008) in which fruit from Oiry rounds out the classic core of Le Mesnil, Oger and Cramant that forms the backbone of the Vintage. Dried pear, white flowers, chamomile and mint are some of the notes that grace this exquisite understated Blanc de Blancs. The 2012 offers terrific depth and textural resonance in a creamy, expressive style that captures the radiant personality of the year and the understated, quiet voice that is such a Delamotte signature.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2019)

Since the house is based in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger on the Côte des Blancs, it is hardly surprising that this vintage wine is pure Chardonnay. It is relatively young and tight, with crisp citrus shot through by tangy acidity. Drink from 2022.

93 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2019)

A beautiful and rich blanc de blancs with cooked-apple and lemon aromas and flavors and just the right amount of lemon tart and pie crust. Full-bodied. Layered and flavorful. Drink now.

93 points, James Suckling (Sep 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%

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