Bob Campbell, 91 Points
"Pure with racy chalk/mineral and fine acidity. The wine has a beautiful ethereal texture. Delicate, charming."
Producer: Champagne Dumangin
Wine: 2008 1er Cru Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut Single Vineyard, 750ml
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Vinification: 87% Stainless steel, 13% barrels
Terroir: Montagne de Reims: Chigny Les Roses Single Vineyard "Dessus le Mont". 100% Clay.
Tasting Notes: Intense biscuity, toasty, pastry, bread, cinnamon and spice complexity on the nose. The palate is powerful with citrus pith leading into an expressive and long finish.
Food: 18 months old Comté cheese
Cellaring: Drink now or hold
Champagne Dumangin, Chigny-les-Roses - Champagne
The Dumangin family can be traced back to working in the vineyards since the 1650's. Champagne Dumangin was created by Hippolyte Dumangin in the 1890s in the 1er Cru village of Chigny-les-Roses. Jacky Dumangin, three generations later, perfected the characteristically feminine Premier Cru champagne range. His son, Gilles Dumangin, 5th generation of successful winemakers, expanded the domaine by introducing several high end cuvees that helped position his domaine.
The installations for pressing and making the wines have been awarded the quality label by the CIVC. His press of 2000Kg combines modernism and tradition and is one of only two made of this type in the world. It crushes the grapes ever so delicately, with less pressure and more respect for the grape, adhering to the family philosophy of never "stressing" the grapes at any point in the production process. Further, Gilles Dumangin is one of the few producers in Champagne who utilizes enamel tanks in which the porosity maintains a signature yeast component cuvee after cuvee.
Champagne J. Dumangin has more than 13 acres in the prestigious Montagne de Reims and is considered a classic recoltant-manipulant (grower producer) who carefully controls every aspect of production, from picking to bottling, to hand riddling.