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NV Dhondt Grellet, Dans Un Premier Temps (2017 Base)

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Regular price $58
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NV Dhondt Grellet, Dans Un Premier Temps (2017 Base)

Vinous

92

CellarTracker

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Regular price $58
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Dans Un Premier Temps is Adrien Dhondt’s flagship cuvee and is a blend of Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (30%), and Meunier (20%) from Sézanne, Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. 2020 will be the last release of this multi-region cuvee, as the estate is moving toward more terroir-focused bottlings in the Cote de Sezanne.

This wine's style is ample, vinous, and approachable. Its complexity is highlighted by perfectly ripe orchard fruits, hazelnut complexity, and a rounded texture. The wine spends about three years on the lees, giving it ample bready quality and incredibly fine bubbles. Dosage is between 2g/l to 2.5g/l.

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"Adrien Dhondt has been making some of the most compelling yet approachable wines in Champagne"

Dhondt Grellet

In 1986 Dhondt-Grellet was started by Adrien's parents. Unlike many other producers in Champagne at this time, they had an affinity for healthy farming. Adrien took over in 2012 and has slowly been making changes to the wine, putting an emphasis on different cuvées highlighting their parcels and what Chardonnay can do in them.  

Adrien is not certified organic, but as we often mention this doesn't say much. He is currently plowing by horse, free of herbicides and pesticides, and making his own compost with his main goal of creating microbial life to enrich the vine cycle. He has always looked to Burgundy for inspiration, realizing parcels in Champagne have unique terroir as well that deserve to be showcased. Yields are low and the grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness. In the cellar fermentation and aging happen in large oak barrels. The wines spend eight months on the lees without cold stabilization, filtering or fining and topped up as needed.

Meet the Producer

Dhondt Grellet

"Adrien Dhondt has been making some of the most compelling yet approachable wines in Champagne"

In 1986 Dhondt-Grellet was started by Adrien's parents. Unlike many other producers in Champagne at this time, they had an affinity for healthy farming. Adrien took over in 2012 and has slowly been making changes to the wine, putting an emphasis on different cuvées highlighting their parcels and what Chardonnay can do in them.  

Adrien is not certified organic, but as we often mention this doesn't say much. He is currently plowing by horse, free of herbicides and pesticides, and making his own compost with his main goal of creating microbial life to enrich the vine cycle. He has always looked to Burgundy for inspiration, realizing parcels in Champagne have unique terroir as well that deserve to be showcased. Yields are low and the grapes are harvested at optimal ripeness. In the cellar fermentation and aging happen in large oak barrels. The wines spend eight months on the lees without cold stabilization, filtering or fining and topped up as needed.


Vinous

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The NV Extra Brut Assemblage Dans un Premier Temps is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from Sezanne, 30% Pinot Noir from Avenay val d'Or and 20% Meunier from Cuis with the Chardonnay very much front and center in the wine's floral and citrus/driven profile. Bright, focused and tightly wound, this gorgeous, entry-level Champagne from Dhondt-Grellet hits all the right notes. This release is 70% 2016 and 30% perpetual reserve going back to 1986. The low dosage of 4 grams per liter adds to the wine's taut feel. Disgorged: March, 2019.

What the Critics are Saying

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The NV Extra Brut Assemblage Dans un Premier Temps is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from Sezanne, 30% Pinot Noir from Avenay val d'Or and 20% Meunier from Cuis with the Chardonnay very much front and center in the wine's floral and citrus/driven profile. Bright, focused and tightly wound, this gorgeous, entry-level Champagne from Dhondt-Grellet hits all the right notes. This release is 70% 2016 and 30% perpetual reserve going back to 1986. The low dosage of 4 grams per liter adds to the wine's taut feel. Disgorged: March, 2019.