Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut SKU #1368679

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Tasting Notes

This incredible bottle is a true unicorn Champagne--all Pinot Gris! This is the only Champagne that I have ever had made exclusively from this variety that is now nearly extinct in the region. While it is exotic on the nose, the back end is all Champagne minerality. A must try for the complete imbiber of Champagne, and a huge pleasure to drink! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    While I have tasted champagnes with Pinot Gris in them (eternal favorite Aspasie Cepages d' Antan), like the other reviewers here, I have not tasted one that is 100% Pinot Gris. Well, if this is the benchmark, please people, make more in this style! A very pretty nose of white flowers, cream and nectarine. On the palate, very clean and zippy, at first, and then, lemon meringue, and cantaloupe sneak in mid-palate. Wonderfully long finish of lemon and minerals! Very interesting and just plain delicious!
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    I refer to this champagne as "liquid silk." It is a texturally magnificent (and not to mention wildly unique) champagne, and the only of its kind that I have ever been able to get my hands on. And when it comes to champagne...I'm handsy. But even if you are not a hardcore collector of bubbles, this is not a bottle you want to miss. The nose is restrained and subtle, but take a moment to let it wash over you and you will be rewarded with vibrant waves of chalky mineral, tropical melon and tangerine. This wonderful panoply of flavors and smells carries through to the palate (joined by pineapple and papaya), earning the liquid silk nickname with an effortless mousse that slips across the tongue with cat-like grace. If you're quick enough to beat me to the punch-- I highly recommend stocking up.
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    When I first heard about this 100% Pinot Gris champagne, my first question to our trusty champagne buyer Gary was if he's ever encountered other 100% Pinot Gris champagne in his career. This is his first, which got me really excited about trying something new to all of us! Aromas of white flowers, tropical fruit along with citrus zest. They are pretty subtle and all intermingle very, very well. Long, dry finish with some great minerality makes this champagne great with your next sushi meal or alone with a cheese plate.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the champagne for champagne drinkers who have had everything. Beautifully elegant aromas of anjou pear and a dusting of lemon zest that pull you into the glass. On the palate, it is delicately textured with a totally unique umami note that I had yet to experience until this bottle came along. It delivers in balance, quality, while being totally unique. This champagne has had the staff running to buy bottles for ourselves. Loved it.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very rare, and very delicious 100% Pinot Gris-based champagne. The pinot gris leaves a clean, floral, mineral-laden bouquet on the nose, but on the palate the strength and power of the fruit are striking: pear and green apple, white flowers and a touch of lemon zest are amplified by serious acidity, and a long, focused finish of minerals and lemony goodness. This is Pinot Gris like you’ve never experienced!​
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The Derot-Delugny estate has been producing their own Champagne for four generations in the tiny village of Croutes-sur-Marne in the western part of the region. Everything they do is estate, and this all Pinot Gris Champagne is their smallest production. It is the only time I have ever tasted a single variety Pinot Gris from Champagne, and it is fantastic as well as exotic! With both effusive and tropical notes, this is still grounded in the world of dry Champagne with a dry (7g/l) finish and plenty of minerality. A must try with asian cuisine!


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