The Champagnes from Diebolt Vallois are extraordinary and one of our favorite producers of all time. Every now and again, we pop a bottle of Fleur de Passion to see how it is coming in along, and after tasting many of the top vintages multiple times, we have a good grasp on how they are doing. 2010 is a personal favorite and reminds us of the 2008 vintage but more mature since it's not as structured and much more approachable. These wines have a brilliant purity and elegance with unending complexity and length. When we visited Jacques Diebolt in Champagne, the first thing he pointed out during our tasting was how his "Fleur de Passion" out-scored Krug Clos des Mesnil in the eyes of some wine critics in France. We have also heard the same thing from some of our customers who have conducted blind tastings and have preferred the Fleur de Passion over the Krug Clos de Mesnil. These have been on the market for a few years, but we were able to find some more that are being released by the Domaine and untied to other bottles. While 2010 isn't a vintage that everyone was writing home about in Champagne, Diebolt-Vallois has a magical way of pulling the very best out of the vintage and is one of the best examples of 2010 we have tasted. See the recent review by Decanter below!
Decanter 96 points! "Lemon peel and wet chalk notes grow to include ripe apricot, flowers, marzipan and spice. Although the wine never loses its elegance, it shows impressive intensity and concentration and has the substance to linger almost indefinitely. It is from the oldest vines of the domaine, particularly the lieu-dit Les Buzons, fermented in cask without malolactic fermentation, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. One of the greats, this will age for decades to come."