Jean-Paul Deville, Vintage Brut 2012
The domaine of Jean-Paul Deville is situated in the village of Verzy, just 20km south east of the Champagne capital, Reims. His champagne is, of course, made in the usual 'Méthode Champenoise' whereby secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle. What sets Jean-Paul's wines apart, however, is the dominance of the Pinot Noir grape in his blends. Whereas most Champagnes are made predominantly from Chardonnay grapes with a little Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this particular Champagne is made predominantly from Grand Cru Pinot Noir grapes with the addition of a little Chardonnay. This particular vintage champagne represents fantastic value for money and would be well worth the investment.
A golden straw-yellow in colour. Excellent mousse, tight bubble formation and classic vintage champagne aromas of yeast and toffee with notes of red fruit provided by the Pinot Noir. On the palate, refined and mineral with hints of brioche and marzipan. The texture is silky and generous leading to a rich and lengthy finish. Great aperitif. Try with crab tortellini, roasted langoustine tails with parmesan gnocchi or pan fired scallops with a celeriac puree.
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier