August 11, 2020 by Alyssa Taylor
Champagne Delavenne is a family-owned estate that has been passed down from generation to generation. Their family expertise follows the Champenois tradition while combining it with techniques characteristic of their estate, to offer beautifully complex champagnes.
Champagne Delavenne are referred to as what is known as récoltants-manipulants. This is a classification for Champagne producers who only vinify, make and market champagne from their own grapes. It is recognisable by the RM mention on the label. This classification is a sign of their independence and enables them to control every stage of the production, as well as the quality of their champagnes including: own the land they work themselves, harvest the grapes of their vineyards only and press them at the family estate, the vinification process takes place in their own cellars, and they sell their champagnes and Bouzy Rouge directly.
This is their first time exporting to the state of California and Amliére is so proud to be representing them!
As opposed to the general practice in Champagne, they do not perform malolactic fermentation. This technique requires great skill and attention. They let their wines evolve in vats as naturally as possible. This natural process of vinification is a long and subtle one. It requires irreproachable hygiene, daily checks and lots of patience. Their champagnes age in natural cellars, carved out of the local chalk, for a minimum of three years – longer for the vintage cuvées. This careful effort is clearly expressed in their high-quality champagnes which age better and express the typicity of their terroir.
Bouzy is a delightful winegrowers’ village located on the south slopes of the Mountain of Reims, between Reims and Epernay, the capital of Champagne. It is the cradle of our family estate, and the reputation of the wines grown here goes back to the time of royal courts in France, in particular that of the Sun King, Louis XIV.
The Bouzy terroir has been classified as a Grand Cru since 1895 – a token of its quality.Only 17 of the 320 villages in the Champagne AOC-classed Champagne area have received this distinction.
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