This wine has a reasonably large portion of reserve wine in it - wine kept from previous vintages that is blended into the current vintage, as is traditional in Champagne. This, coupled with the fact that the wine is from a Grand Cru village means it's a full bodied, complex Champagne, packed full of orchard fruit, baked bread and brioche flavours. The bubbles are fine, the high acidity always found in Champagne is kept in check.
The result is a balanced, powerful Champagne that is brilliant now, but can be cellared for the next 5-10 years.
Domaine Paul Dethune are a family run affair, as so many grower Champagne producers are. They are housed in the old outbuildings of Krug in the sleepy - but very important - Grand Cru village of Ambonnay.
Sophie runs the show. Her philosophy is simple - keep it small, keep it quality focused. The grapes are grown by her cousins and other family members. The result speak for themselves.
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Alcohol level: 12.5%