75% Pinot Meunier 25% Pinot Noir -An exciting new development, this is a great opportunity for an intro to the house style that, à la Cédric Bouchard’s Val Vilaine, will serve as a more accessible and available bottling. I imagine that this will become an equally popular option at my house as Cédric’s said Val Vilaine….
“A new wine from Benoit Déhu, the NV (2015) Initiation is superb. Intense aromatics and lifted, soaring fruit are two of the signatures that mark this distinguished, alluring Champagne. Dried herbs, lemon confit, chamomile, almond and savory notes meld together in this understated, classy Champagne. The Initiation has a bit of the savory character that makes so many 2015s, and yet there is a good bit of tension and precision here. Initiation is a blend of Pinot Noir from a new vineyard in this range and Meunier from the lower slopes of La Rue des Noyers, the same site that informs Déhu’s flagship wine. Zero dosage. Disgorged: February 28, 2018.” 93 Antonio Galloni