Dehours is an esteemed Champagne producer renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and dedication to producing exquisite sparkling wines. We have offered a few of these in the past but only in small quantities, and today, we are offering the Oeil de Perdrix Extra Brut for the first time.
The estate was founded in 1930 and perpetuated by the current generation of the Dehours family. Situated in the heart of the Marne Valley, Dehours stands as a testament to the region's rich viticultural heritage. The estate vines are all located on the left bank and feature clay and sand on chalky subsoil.
Dehours has consistently upheld its commitment to traditional winemaking techniques while embracing innovation and modernity, focusing on vinifying single-vineyard bottlings, which they have been doing since 1999. The estate Meticulously tends its vineyards are primarily planted to Pinot Meunier but with some Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in small quantities. Vineyards are tended sustainably with minimal use of chemicals, supporting great biodiversity among their primarily old vines.
Œil de Perdrix is the name given to very pale colored rosé wines, and this is a beautiful example made with mostly Pinot Meunier, the iconic grape of the Marne Valley with a small percentage of Chardonnay. While this is not the single vineyard bottling called La Croix Joly, which is 100% Pinot Meunier, it is an excellent example from multiple plots and comes in at about $30 less. Aged on the lees for 15 to 24 months, this is a delicate and elegant rose of fruit and flowers with ample complexity and the more finely tuned notes that Meunier delivers. It is finished with a 1 to 2-gram dosage, revealing its nice mineral backbone. A rare find in the USA, we have the only bottles of this one right now, and it is a fantastic Rose buy from one of the great Pinot Meunier producers.
Jeb Dunnuck (Audrey Frick) 92 pts! "Composed of 83% Meunier (5% of which is vin rouge) and the rest Chardonnay, the NV Champagne Oeil de Pedrix Extra Brut was disgorged in December of 2020 and has just the slightest hue of copper. The nose is floral, with ripe strawberry, mushroom, and raspberry eau de vie, while the palate is savory and vinous with ripe berries, orange rind, tea leaf, and a saline finish. Drink over the next 10 years. (Drink between 2022 - 2032)"