A few miles south of Epernay, Cramant is the first village of the quartet prestigious Cote des Blancs: Cramant – Avize – Oger – Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. It is certainly one of the finest area of Champagne, with its chalky slopes facing east, often topped by a small forest, which plays a thermo regulatory role. Here is the realm of vintage Champagne Blanc de Blancs, Chardonnay which shows one of its finest expressions.
Like other fields, the vineyards of Champagne Diebolt-Vallois has made over time, depending on the alliances and marriages. Jacques Diebolt learned his trade from his grandfather who owned five acres of vines Cramant . After a first attempt to make wine from 1959 to 1964 for its own account, it was not until 1978 that the field will take its real start with the construction of vast cellars in front of the home. Jacques Diebolt now manages the estate with his son and daughter.
Today, the area totals a little over 10 acres, many plots forming a beautiful mosaic of soils:
- Cramant for vintage Fleur de Passion
- Cramant and Chouilly for Prestige Blanc de Blancs
- Kitchen and Epernay in the Blanc de Blancs.
With his son who takes care of the vines, Jacques Diebolt knows all his plots he vinified separately. This vast knowledge of its soil coupled with rigorous winemaking is certainly one of the foundations of quality Champagne Diebolt-Vallois.
Just a few minutes to talk with Jacques Diebolt to capture the passion that animates it to develop its wine Passion Flower: a wine that’s definitely lives up to its name! Spearheading the field in terms of quality, Passion Flower has in a few years one of the most sought after champagnes.
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