2012 Dérot-Delugny Millesime Brut Champagne (Elsewhere $50+)

SKU #1596949

This 30-acre estate only keeps one third of their production for making their own Champagne, selling off the rest of their fruit. They are the oldest grower-producer in their village. They have been estate-bottling Champagne since 1929, and they’ve been growing grapes longer than written records go back. Everything is aged in a hillside cellar that is over 50 feet deep at the back. This great 2012 Champagne is composed of half each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the oldest vines on the estate. It has a wonderful sourdough toast nose and a touch of smoke on the savory, dark cherry palate. After eight years on the lees, it still has a vigorous bead, and will go very well with paté, stuffed mushrooms or savory tarts. -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Philip Roufail | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2023 | Send Email
This incredible vintage champagne was just marked down to $34.99, a crazy good deal for anyone who loves wine with a lot of autolytic character, or what our champagne buyer describes as "deep brioche." Once this wine settles in the glass, it has a depth and breadth that's as deep as an Olympic swimming pool. Complex creamy, rich, with perfect acidity and red berry notes. Derot-Delugny has certifications for High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture so it's guilt free as well! This is our second and final allotment of this wonderful champagne. When it's gone, it's GONE, so load up while you can.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2022 | Send Email
This lovely 2012 release has a nose of white flowers, orchard fruit and baking spices. On the palate, it is initially very bright with citrus and minerals. After a minute, it fleshes out with pear, green apple, sourdough bread, cream and minerals. It has a very fine bead and a lingering finish. Pretty incredible value, as well.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2022 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Champagne. It is delicious and classic with a wonderful aromatic nose. In the mouth, it is focused with nice fruit, and has wonderful mineral notes and a clean crisp finish. The 2012 Derot Delugny offers everything that you want in a bottle of Champagne.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2022 | Send Email
The best deal in vintage champagne of the year! Originally, this wine was selling for $50, but a great deal from the Derot family and a windfall with the exchange rate allowed us to deeply discount it. I love the still almost clear color, a great sign for further ageing potential, as well as the gingerbread toast on the nose. In the mouth it is expressive and generous, with both high-toned citrus and deep brioche. The bead is fine and compact, and the finish is fresh and driven. I am planning on having this tonight with pork katsu, but it will also make a great pairing with pâté and smoked fish!
Drink from 2022 to 2037

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