Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Cuvée 17
"I am listing and serving the Dumangin Cuvée 17 because it is a very good champagne! It is fresh, dry and elegant. Ideal for an apéritif but as well for starters. It is one of the best in its category and is especially good value for money."
Rémi Cousin - Head Sommelier, Le Gavroche.
'Cuvée 17' from GIlles Dumagin is a classic grower's Champagne from a small house, skilfully blended from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
A 'graceful, heavenly' Champagne 'at a down to earth price' (according to wine writer, Matthew Jukes). This classic grower's Champagne, made predominantly from Premier Cru vines near Reims, is crisp, dry and biscuity. It is absolutely ideal as an aperitif.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|Cellarage||A wine to be drunk within a year from disgorgement and final bottling.|
|Vinification||The grapes are harvested from 25-year-old vines and fermented in stainless steel and enamel vats. After the addition of a liqueur de tirage the wine then rests on its lees for twenty months undergoing a secondary fermentation before disgorging, which takes place approximately three months before the wine is ready for shipping. At this stage a final dosage (of sugar) dictates the dryness of the Champagne and the 'house' style. Rémuage (the process of moving the sediment to the neck of the bottle before disgorgement) takes place manually and on wooden stands.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12|
Gilles Dumangin (Champagne J. Dumangin Fils)
Grape growing in the Dumangin family goes back some 350 years - Firmin Dumangin (born in the 1650s) was a viticulteur in the neighbouring village of Ludes. Early in the 21st Century Gilles Dumangin succeeded his father, Jacky, and is a fifth generation Champagne producer. The Dumangin family's tireless efforts to produce the best possible Champagne from their own grapes has been recognised by the prestigious French wine guide, Guide Hachette 2008, which has awarded the Dumangin Grand Réserve a Coup de Cœur.
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