R. Dumont BrutBlend from France
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"The viticultural area of the Aube, excluding Montgueux, is properly called the Côte des Bar, and this is itself divided into two regions: the Barséquanais and the Bar-sur-Aubo...
- 90-91 Gary Vaynerchuk - @garyvee
90-91 Gary Vaynerchuk - @garyvee
"Classic crispness and apple core flavors really tell the story of this great value champagne. Rich, ripe, and very focused, this Champagne shows so much more ripeness and length than most in its category. What I love about this Champagne is that I call it Clicquot's cousin; you know, the less known cousin in the family but the one that has a little more going for it, under the radar but very capable! This wine has similar body and taste profile to the Veuve but has a tad more complexity and eclipses it by a whole lot on the finish!" -Gary Vaynerchuk
"The Dumont Brut is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% chardonnay. The whole berry vinification at very low temperatures yields a wine that exudes a quality of soft elegance. With a delicate toastiness adding a nice measure of complexity to the palate, this is a very high quality Champagne at a very reasonable price. With their vineyards set on kimmereridgian chalky clay, just as in Chablis, the Dumonts have owned their plots for over 200 years and are fond of saying, "We grow grow grapes on the same soils as the producers in Chablis. There they produce white wine from white grapes and here we produce white wine from red grapes." Grower Champagne; Sustainable Farming
"The viticultural area of the Aube, excluding Montgueux, is properly called the Côte des Bar, and this is itself divided into two regions: the Barséquanais and the Bar-sur-Aubois. While most of the well-known names of the Aube are in the Barséquanais, the Bar-sur-Aubois has its share of producers as well, among them the estate of R. Dumont & Fils. The Dumont family has been growing vines in Champagne since 1808, but their history of wine production dates from the 1970s, when brothers Raphaël and Robert Dumont founded the estate (hence the “R” in R. Dumont). Today it is in the hands of Bernard Dumont, who is in charge of the cellar, and his cousin Pierre, who looks after the vines. Dumont’s 23 hectares of vines are all in the village of Champignol-lèz-Mondeville, on the southwestern side of the Bar-sur-Aubois. As in the Barséquanais to the west, the predominant variety here is pinot noir, although according to Pierre Dumont, the argilo-calcaire soils here tend to be not quite as deep as those of the Barséquanais, with the bedrock closer to the surface, making the vines naturally less productive. The vines are worked according to the philosophy of lutte raisonnée, with an increasing interest in mechanical labor. In the cellar, the grapes are pressed using modern, horizontal Coquard presses, and both fermentation and malolactic take place in thermo-regulated, stainless steel tanks." -Peter Liem, Champagne Guide
90-91 - Gary Vaynerchuk - @garyvee
|Varietal(s)||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, flower, ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream, vanilla, flower, barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|