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" One of the finest grower estates in Champagne "
" Jacques Diebolt and his family produce Chardonnay wines of world class (...)
Everything Diebolt does is perfect in its way. "
Lastest press comments:
Richard Juhlin : "A Scent of Champagne - 8,000 Champagne Tasted and Rated"
In his excellent new book, Champagne expert Richard Juhlin presents no less than 8,000 Champagne. He has reserved a special treatment to Jacques Diebolt and family in the chapter On a Journey in Champagne.
And, in the huge Producers and their Wines section
Cuvée Prestige Blanc
de Blancs : 91-92 (2005 & 2002 basis)
Richard Juhlin - A Scent of Champagne - 400 pages - Skyhorse Publishing 2013
2014 "LES MEILLEURS VINS DE FRANCE" WINE GUIDE (by La Revue du Vin de France):
“An estate which sets the standard for ‘blanc de blancs'.”
“Jacques Diebolt, now with the help of his children, is a fine winemaker who creates elegant, vigorous wines from his vineyards. These are mainly to be found in Cramant et Cuis in the Côte des Blancs, and he makes a range of wines dominated, as you would expect, by Chardonnay. These are gracious, very long lived (think of the legendary Cramant 1953) model champagnes, especially for the Fleur de Passion, vinified in barrel without malo-lactic fermentation.”
“The wines: The Brut Blanc de Blancs wine is dense, fresh, crisp, taut and tight with a refreshing finish. The taster's pleasure increases in the Cuvée Prestige (15.5 /20) with flavors of toasted Chardonnay and tasty yellow fruit. Magnificent generosity and balance. Champagne Fleur de Passion 1996 (16.5 /20), still shows a high level of acidity, and thiolated hints (tomato leaves) and sweet citrus - delicate mousse. It is still very young. It is sold cased, together with five other vintages (1997/2002) as one of 6 bottles in a limited edition of just 50 cases.”
VINORDIC WINE CHALLENGE - Stockholm, Sweden - April 2013
Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Prestige has been awarded a GOLD TROPHY 2013. The cuvee came out first in the "Champagne" category, before prestigious Champagne such as Comtes de Champagne, Henriot Millésimé or Bollinger Grande Année... (More info on results)
WINE SPECTATOR magazine - December 31, 2012
In an article titled Beyond the bubbles, Wine Spectator has selected the Diebolt-Vallois Champagne house in the TOP 100 Decembre 31 issue :
2005 Fleur de Passion: 93 points - "Fresh and floral, with a fine knit and notes of white peach, quince, mandarin orange, pastry, grated ginger and meringue. Offers a smoky, mineral-driven undertow and a long and focused finish of ground spice."
2006 Vintage Champagne: 93 points - "Shows lovely integration, with silky texture and mouthwatering acidity blending effortlessly with White peach, glazed pear, fresh ginger, piecrust and almond cream flavor. Provides a lightly floral, lasting finish."
Champagne Tradition : 92 points "Like an orchard in late spring, this blends floral and fruit notes of ripe apple, white cherry and apricot. There's a firm backbone of zesty acidity and underlying minerality, with a lingering hint of ginger on the finish."
Champagne Blanc de Blancs: 91 points "Rich and toasty in a restrained, taut package, offering yeasty bread dough and brioche accents to the notes of apple gelée, crystallized honey and citrus zest. This shows fine texture and bright acidity, with a hint of graphite on the finish."
Champagne Rosé: 88 points "Offers citrus-tinged acidity, a smoky base note and hints of dried cherry, almond skin in an easygoing style."
ROBERT PARKER - eRobertParker.com - Wine Advocate :
2006 Vintage Champagne :
STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - Nov/Dec 2012
2005 Fleur de Passion: 93 points - "Light yellow-gold. Highly fragrant, mineral-accented bouquet offers fresh pear, honeysuckle and honey aromas with enlivening notes of ginger and chalky minerals. Spicy orchard and pit fruit, floral and lemon curd flavors are given lift and focus by tangy minerality. This sappy, penetrating Champagne finishes with resonating spiciness, impressive cling and excellent length."
|WINE SPECTATOR magazine - December 2011
Champagne Blanc de Blancs Prestige: 93 points - "This tightly knit Champagne brings something more with each sip, and a hint of peach leads first to ripe apple and quince flavors, then papaya, nut, lemon meringue, ginger, licorice, and grated coconut notes. This is very focused, with racy acidity and fine texture throughout."
WINE & SPIRITS Magazine - Year's Best Champagne - December 2011
Champagne Blanc de Blancs: 93 points - "Youthfully bright and subtle, this blanc de blancs starts from a scent of caramel and apples, expanding into fresher directions of zesty mint and fennel. The texture is supple, the flavors succulent and appetite inducing. You could take it in the direction of langoustines or roast veal."
Champagne Blanc de Blancs Prestige: 94 points - "The austere power of this wine buzzes in the mouth, a tingle of limestone, apple flesh and the pale toast of lees. It's a delicate, pure chardonnay that becomes dramatic in its intensity and breadth. The precision of the flavors will serve this well as it ages."
Champagne Rosé: 94 points - BEST BUY - "Deep in color and vinous in its red fruit, this is a spicy and compelling rosé. There's pristine strawberry flavor at its core, surrounded by accents of red grapefruit, blood orange and fennel. The wine's intensity rises like its bubbles from base note to high notes, leaving a pale red fruit ghosting in the finish."
GUIDE LAROUSSE DU CHAMPAGNE (Gerhard Eichelmann) :
"The champagnes are precise and clean. Brut Tradition and Blanc de Blancs are easy to drink, harmonious and perfect as an aperitif. The other champagnes in their range captivate by their power and concentration, their minerality and length. They are varied and very easy to match with fish and shellfish, white meat or asian food."
"The Vintage Champagne is broad and mouthfilling. It has plenty of body, power, minerality and length (2004: 4 stars). Diebolt-Vallois champagnes age remarkably well, with older vintages being the proof of that (1976: 4 stars). The Brut Prestige Blanc de Blancs is powerful, concentrated, with fruit that is both intense and long lasting (4 stars). The Champagne Fleur de Passion is concentrated, clean, mouthfilling, long and persistant, this blend has great potential (2005: 4 stars). The Brut Rosé: its concentrated, powerful, broad and fruit forward mouth makes it an excellent aperitif champagne which can also accompany grilled meats or fish as well as cheese (3 stars)."
CHAMPAGNE (Gerhard Eichelmann) :
The latest (october 2012) german edition of the Gerhard Eichelmann's "Champagne" book includes the most recent tasting notes.
EXCLUSIF CHAMPAGNE 2013 GUIDE (Jean-Michel Garnier)
Champagne Prestige : ** Editor's choice ** -« Intense nose, with good minerality, and the hints of white flowers give elegance. The mouth is superbly balanced, with straightforward scents of dried fruits and citrus. Plenty of power present in the background. A fresh and warm finish of great length."
Champagne Fleur de Passion 2005 : ** Editor's choice ** - "A distinguished and elegant nose, marked by freshness and finesse, hints of white flowers join scents of fresh white stone fruit. The mouth has extraordinary balance. Concentrated, intense and fresh, the wine shows plenty of fruit with hints of citrus complementing the white stone fruit. The texture is delicate yet mouthfilling. Everything is as it should be. A magnificently successful wine."
2012 GAULT MILLAU WINE GUIDE
Champagne Fleur de Passion 2004: 19 /20 - “As perfect as ever, Fleur de Passion is a blanc de blancs champagne with a beautifully expressive nose showing cool white flowers, and bready, vanilla and toasted hints. The mouth is elegant, lively and long, with a touch of minerality, fruit and elegance.”
Champagne Prestige: 18.5 /20 - “An admirable champagne, deploying expressive citrus aromas with white fruit and hints of aniseed, hedgerow flowers and spice. The mouth is elegant, and magnificently structured . The finish is cool, long and powerful.”
Champagne Millésimé 2005 : 18 /20 - “This 2005 is a complex champagne offering yellow and white stone fruit on the nose, together with grassy and toasted hints. In the mouth the balance is subtle; there is freshness, finesse, volume and elegance, all with a very persistent mineral finish.”
Champagne Millésimé 2004 : 18 /20 - “A perfectly structured champagne. On the mouth there is a fine mousse, it is delicate, rounded, broad and pure, yet powerful and lively, all in the most perfect balance.”
Champagne Millésimé 1999 : 18 /20 -“Now here's a champagne with a rich expression of fruit between tropical and yellow stone fruit with hints of new mown hay, butter and minerals. In the mouth it is seductive, rich and pure, fresh, charming and beautifully long.”
Champagne Blanc de Blancs: 17.5 /20 - “A tasty distinguished champagne, that is broad and mouth-filling, with a nose scented with citrus, white fruits and with floral hints and a touch of minerality and spice. In the mouth, there's breadth, finesse, vivacity and a long finish of green apples.”
Rosé Champagne: 16.5 /20 - “This is a refreshing and precise champagne with scents of ripe red shrub fruits, raspberries and pomegranates, with floral hints. On the mouth, the house style comes through in finesse, freshness, vivacity and fruit.”
|DECANTER magazine - May 2009
"Venture beyond the big-name brands and you'll find some spectacular,
great-value Champagnes with a taste of terroir."
Jacques Diebolt is on the cover photo of this article by Essi Avellan with the caption: Jacques Diebolt, at Diebolt-Vallois in Cramant, makes one of the best examples of grower champagnes.
Diebolt-Vallois is in the short list of recommended growers.
Blanc de Blancs NV is ranked 4-star and Fleur de Passion 2002 is ranked 5-star.
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