Grand Cru Champagne Gift Box
This gift box includes one bottle of 2015 Delavenne Père & Fils Brut Millésimé Grand Cru Champagne. It is Delavenne’s flagship cuvée and it drinks like gold (hence the label). The simple act of drinking it is a celebration worth toasting.
A Great Gift For: birthdays, graduations, congratulations of all kinds (promotion/new job, housewarming, engagement, new addition to the family, job well done)
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.
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 their 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 area have received this distinction.
For five generations the Ponson family has been working vines and producing wine in the Montagne des Reims, primarily in the Petite Montagne sub-appellation, one of Champagnes largest homes of Pinot Meunier plantings. The domaine is currently under the lead of Maxime Ponson along with his younger brother, Camille. Maxime returned to the family estate, Pascal Ponson, in 2011 to work alongside his father Pascal.
In 2018 Pascal passed away at the age of 59. Maxime was handed the reins of the estate and went straight to work continuing what he and his father had begun working on in the few short years they worked together. Maxime’s brother, Camille, also joined the family business in 2018. They now jointly run the Pascal Ponson estate.
Champagne Delavenne and Pascal Ponson are referred to as “récoltants-manipulants.” This is a classification for Champagne producers who only vinify, make and market champagne from their own grapes. It is recognizable by the RM mention on the label. This classification is a sign of their independence and enables them to control every stage of 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 directly.
Both producers also use organic and biodynamic farming practices and native yeast fermentation. They not only believe in those farming practices morally, but they also insist that it produces better fruit. 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.
If you love to celebrate the little things in life, a trip to Champagne is just what the doctor ordered. Although synonymous with parties, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds, Champagne is actually the perfect wine for year-round sipping, festivities or not. These bubbly, versatile bottles are perfect for pairing with a variety of foods and instantly promise to elevate the mood, no matter where you’re sipping—and when the bottle’s that good, the simple act of drinking it becomes a celebration in itself!
‘GAUX TO CHAMPAGNE – WHAT TO KNOW
Main Regions: Champagne is broken down into five sub-regions: the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Aube (Côte des Bar).
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, though technically Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meslier, Pinot Gris, and Arbane are also permitted.
Fun fact: Although Champagne is often credited with creating the méthode traditionelle, it’s likely that the process was actually first discovered in France’s southerly Languedoc region!
Location / How to Get There: Fly into Charles de Gaulle, then drive 1 hour and 54 minutes by car (to Reims) or take the fast train from the city center (approx. 57 minutes)
Terroir: Although each region and village have their own particular micro climates, the overarching region of Champagne is dominated by cool climates, hilly topography, and signature chalk soils laden with fossilized seashells.
What to Know: Visiting small growers definitely requires a bit of driving. If you prefer tasting with family producers over big houses, be sure to choose a daily designated driver, hire a car service, or have a taxi number on hand – and always book an appointment in advance!
Not to Miss: If staying in (or passing through) Reims, be sure to pop by Au Bon Manger and Glue Pot for exceptional wine lists and great snacking – you may even run into a handful of local winemakers at the latter! For a luxurious and unforgettable dinner, be sure to book a table at Les Crayeres.
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