Overview of the Wine
In 1986, Eric Dhondt and Edith Grellet decided to stop selling off grapes to negociants and started Dhondt-Grellet. Their focus on farming translated into honest Champagnes from great holdings across the Côte des Blancs.
Their son, Adrien, now in his 20s, has taken over the winemaking and is quickly bringing his family's wines to another level. He has slowly increased the range of Champagnes produced by isolating their holdings across the villages of Cramant and Cuis and bottling pure expressions of Chardonnay.
With parcels in Cramant and Cuis, Dhondt Grellet focuses on producing superb wines from the Cote des Blancs. Adrien Dhont-Grellet, the son of the founders is currently in charge and makes the wines. He is focusing on biodynamic farming which has translated into vivid champagnes from great parcels across the Côte des Blancs.
This NV Blanc de Blancs is all from two vineyard parcels in the top Grand Cru Village of Cramant with the average vine age over 55 years old. The wine is fermented in older oak barrels and partially go through malolactic fermentation to soften the acids.
Grape / Blend
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The first aromatics show off the origins of the grapes with that chalky character and then you see the ripe lemons and apple. On the palate you see some of the tropical fruits from the warm base year, pineapple and a hint of guarva. Very well balanced with a good clean mineral finish
94 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2016-base rendition of Dhondt's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cramant was disgorged in January 2019 with a mere 1.5 grams per liter dosage and it's showing very well indeed. Unwinding with a youthful bouquet of white flowers minty orchard fruit fino sherry and white currants it's full-bodied deep and muscular with plenty of dry extract and a more tensile incisive profile than its 2015-base predecessor concluding with a searingly chalky finish.
Product size: 750mL
*Slight bin stain.
From a private seller.