Dumenil joined the 'Special Club' group in 2012 and this is their much awaited debut release. For a wine to become a 'Special Club' offering, it must be the very best that a producer can achieve. It has to be grown, produced, bottled and matured entirely at the members estate. The finished wine will have been blind tasted twice before a panel of judges to see if it meets the 'Special Club' criteria, and if not to standard, cannot be released.
A 'Special Club' release is the prestige cuvee and 'essence' of each individual producer - always a guarantee of quality.
The Dumenil Special Club 2012 is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay sourced from Chigny-les-Rose, Rilly la Montagne, and Ludes - all Premier Cru villages in the Montagne des Reims. Rigorous selection takes place to ensure that each individual component is the finest expression available, and worthy of being a 'Special Club' release. 2012 was a low yielding vintrage but of exceptional quality in the Montagne des Reims. Still very youthful, showing white floral and brioche notes on the nose. The palate is very fine, there is an underlying power from the Pinot overlayed by the elegance and finesse of the Chardonnay component. Quite refined and linear and hints at how well the wine will evolve for many years to come.
(For those seeking Vegan-friendly wines, this has received compliance cerification from 'Eve Vegan')
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