Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002 (Champagne, France)
12.5%, Cork, $135
Source: A glass from someone else’s bottle
The Champagne you’re having when you’re not having Salon, Delamotte is usually a wine of some intensity, carrying plenty of its older brother’s DNA. I think this particular wine was in less than perfect condition, though I wouldn’t turn down a glass…
Very correct, clean and slightly sweaty, the yeast work on the nose is excellent. There is a fine balance between richness and inherent freshness and it smells very correct. After that perfect nose the palate is a bit of a dissapointment, a fraction broad and fatty through the middle and flattish through the finish. It’s still creamy with classic Champagne Chardonnay characters, though the length doesn’t say superstar wine to me. Smart wine, just a fraction short of greatness. I think I’d prefer a Larmandier Bernier for this price but its still high quality wine. Need to see a top bottle really…
Score: 18/20 93/100
Would I buy it? No, though a good bottle?