We tasted this bottle again Christmas eve, and we were blown away. A very classic mineral driven bottle of bubbles that shows off the great grand cru vineyards sites of the Cote de Blancs. The 2012 is racy, focused style with, white flowers, apple,and citrus notes with wet stones, and a back bone of saline. The 2012 vintage is turning out to be a quite special one for this Champagne, and we highly recommend grabbing some of this terrific bottle in the making! This will be the last chance for this one!
The sister label to Salon, Delamotte has been producing Champagne in Mesnil Sur Oger for 250 years. The 2012 Millesime is the current release from this House and a stunning one at that. Very strong Chardonnay vintage in Champagne; powerful yet very refined with effortless depth. This is slightly different style than Salon, a little richer, but made with the same integrity one would expect from one of Champages top houses. A big note below from Galloni praising the exuberance of Delamotte's tete de Cuvee. If you grabbed some 2008 this is recommended and it would be a fun experiment to try them both side by side.
Antonio Galloni 94 points! "Delamotte’s 2012 Brut Vintage is rich, creamy and super-expressive. This is only the second vintage (the first was 2008) in which fruit from Oiry rounds out the classic core of Le Mesnil, Oger and Cramant that forms the backbone of the Vintage. Dried pear, white flowers, chamomile and mint are some of the notes that grace this exquisite understated Blanc de Blancs. The 2012 offers terrific depth and textural resonance in a creamy, expressive style that captures the radiant personality of the year and the understated, quiet voice that is such a Delamotte signature."