Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2004
"Gilles has clearly endeavoured to make a memorable wine in 2004 because his version is nothing short of spectacular. The Dumangins have spent 350 years perfecting their craft in Champagne and there can’t have been many better wines made here, over three and a half centuries, than this one."
Matthew Jukes - MoneyWeek magazine.
If you are a Dumangin fan, a lover of grower Champagne or have a nose for a bargain, you'll want some of this peeking out of your fridge. It was been rated 95/100 from wine critic James Suckling, 93/100 from US-based Wine Enthusiast magazine and 92/100 from UK journalists at The Wine Gang.
This Premier Cru Champagne, from a fantastic vintage, displays a vibrant gold colour. With aromas of red berries leading to a balanced, full-bodied palate and toasty undertones, it displays a long, dry finish.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Oysters|
|Cellarage||Drinking beautifully now but will age gracefully if carefully cellared.|
|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 triage, the wine then rests on its lees for thirty months 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 (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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