2015 Dhondt-Grellet Les Nogers Extra Brut Champagne
In 1986, Eric Dhondt and Edith Grellet decided to stop selling off grapes to negociants and started Dhondt-Grellet. Their focus on farming translated into honest Champagnes from great holdings across the Côte des Blancs. Now with their son, Adrien, assuming a larger role, they are refocusing their efforts and producing some of the best Champagnes they ever have. Nowadays the company is lead by Eric and Adrian.
The vineyard is situated primarily in Grands and Premiers Crus of Cote des Blancs namely Cramant, Chouilly, Cuis but also Sézanne for their Chardonnays. They also cultivate some Pinot Noir in the Vallée the la Marne. Mainly located in mid hillsides on easy to work, very lightweight calcareous soils, their plots enjoy an outstanding location and a southeast exposure. The average age of the vines is 40 years. They also have their own cellars in Flavigny to age the wines before bringing them on the market.
Disgorged in May 2020 with one gram per liter dosage, the 2015 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Les Nogers bursts from the glass with notions of citrus oil, white flowers, green almonds, crisp orchard fruit and freshly baked bread. Full-bodied, layered and muscular, with chalky structuring extract and lively acids, it's textural but incisive, with a long, penetrating finish. This is another fantastic Les Nogers from the talented Adrien Dhondt. Drink 2020 - 2035.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (April 2021)