Champagne Devaux’s Collection D now in India
There is a new champagne in the market. Champagne Devaux. They have introduced 3 of their Collection D wines – Cuvee D, D Rosé and Ultra D. In the town of Epernay, hub of Champagne, house of Devaux has been producing the illustrious sparkling wine since 1846. The Collection D wines are their latest introduction into the portfolio and is the brain child of the cellar master, Michel Parisot. The aim was to create a contemporary and youthful brand which a range of exceptional wines which follow time honored traditions of Champagne.
Champagne Devaux will be the first champagne brand to introduce Extra Brut – Ultra D – champagne in India. Extra Brut means that the residual sugar in the wine is less 6 gms per liter. In Ultra D’s case it is approximately 2 gms per liter. This makes the wine very dry, even though it is supposed to be a fruit forward. One would assume introducing this wine would be quite a risk but Jean Noel Girard, director of commercial export of the company said that a start has to be made somewhere. He has a lot of faith in the experiential Indian consumers who are looking to try new things.
Another interesting facet about these wines is the fact that despite being non-vintage wines they’ve been aged for 5 years, which is almost 4 times longer than the prescribed Champagne AOC rules. It is a matter of great pride for them and hence they put it on their labels as well. Every champagne house has it’s style and philosophy of wine making, Girard says, “Champagne Devaux wants their wines to be more than just an aperitif. They’ve always made wines which can be paired with food.” He adds that most champagne houses to do not focus on this aspect which is one of the many reasons it makes the brand unique.
Of all the three wines, their brut, Cuvee D is something we would highly recommend. Unlike most other champagnes, Champagne Devaux uses only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Pinot Meunier isn’t used simply because the location they are in doesn’t grow good quality of the grapes. Cuvee D uses 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, has a residual sugar of approximately 7 gms per liter.
Nose: Toasted bread or brioche, as the French describe it, is the first thing you will recognise. It is both a tempting and complex nose which has white flowers with faint hint of spices and vanilla on the end.
Palate: A clean wine with lots of citrusy and lime notes. Stone fruits and white flowers make their way to the palate as well. The wine is refreshing with good acidity with toasted bread notes on the finish.
It would be difficult to discern the fact that it is a wine which has seen 5 years of aging with the freshness but the subtlety and elegance is definitely because of the long maturing.
The wines are currently available only in duty free.