The San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge has released its results for its 2022 competition, giving Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV 95 Points and 94 points to Delamotte Brut.

The judge who gave the rating is Michael Franz, editor and managing partner of Wine Review Online.

In his review of Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV, he wrote that this release is probably the best he has ever tasted in the last three decades. 

Made with Chardonnay from the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, and Cramant, “it displays the fruit from these great chalky limestone terroirs.” 

Its low dosage and only 10% reserve wines added to the base vintage, would seem to presage an austere wine, Franz argues, “but that’s emphatically not the case here, thanks to long aging on the lees prior to disgorgement and then additional aging under cork. The aromas are delicate but very complex, with yeasty notes perfectly balanced against suggestions of ripe fruit, and the flavors are at once very fresh but also quite generous, with creamy texture enlivened by soft effervescence.”

Delammote has a historical focus on blanc de blancs champagnes, and Blanc de Blancs NV “is really our identity card, a reflection of who we are and what we aim at,” explains Delammote’s President Didier Depond.

As for Delammote Brut NV, Franz stresses that this “terrific champagne” combines virtues that don’t usually coexist: very energetic effervescence and driving flavors, on one hand, with a sense of delicacy and grace as the finish tails off. 

The blend is Chardonnay 55% Pinot Noir 35% Pinot Meunier 10%, and “the wine’s energy demonstrated that this can become more complex and creamy if cellared—for those who prefer their Champagnes in that style—or enjoyed immediately who prefer a more assertive presentation.”   

About Champagne Delamotte

Founded in 1760 and based in the grand crus of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Delamotte produces nice champagnes with large amounts of chardonnay, and blanc de blancs from the best crus in the Côte des Blancs.

The house is the “little sister” of Salon, one of the most prized blanc de blancs prestige cuvées that exists.

Delamotte champagnes are light, refreshing yet round and well balanced, and very easy to drink, thanks to adequate aging and dosage. That’s what makes their success!