Delamotte

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Delamotte’s signature style is delicate yet flavoursome, reflecting champagne produced from Grand Cru Chardonnay in the villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger. This house is renowned for their close ties and long-standing relationships with the family growers from whom they source their grapes. There is a mutual respect between them, and also for the care and health of the vineyards, the selection of the grapes, and the highest levels of quality they achieve together.

5-7 Rue de la Breche d’Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. +33 3 26 57 51 65

The Wines

The foremost characteristics of the Delamotte wines are subtlety and delicacy. Their charm emanates through the graceful expression of the aromas and flavours of pristine fruit. 

Delamotte Brut NV

Approximately 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Meunier. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine goes through full malolactic fermentation and ages on the lees for three years. Dosage 7g/L.

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV

100% Grand Cru Chardonnay. This wine is the embodiment of the Delamotte style – full-flavoured, yet light and elegant. Only 10% reserve wines are used, and dosage is minimal.  Vinified in stainless steel, the wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation before ageing for 4-5 years on the lees. 

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Vintage

100% Grand Cru Chardonnay. The grapes for the vintage Blanc de Blancs come from the same vineyards as the non-vintage, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger, but from older vines. Vinified in stainless steel, the wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation before ageing for an extended period of about 7 years on the lees.

Delamotte Rose NV

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, all from Grand Cru vineyards. This rose is made using the saignee method, whereby the juice macerates for a short period on the grapes skins until the desired colour is achieved. The grapes are co-fermented to achieve a greater complexity. The wine ages for 3-4 years on the lees before disgorgement.

History of the House

Francois Delamotte, a former captain of the bourgeois militia, owned a large number of vineyards in the Cumieres region. In 1748, he married the daughter of an established vigneron who had been producing champagne for several years. Whether by the suggestion of his father-in-law, his own passionate desire or a combination of the two, Francois Delamotte, now based in Reims, started selling wine under his own label in 1760. Later, in 1786, his son Alexandre joined him in the business, and the official name was changed to Delamotte Pere et Fils. 

The interest and focus of Francois and Alexandre shifted to the elegant Chardonnay in the Cote des Blancs, and the terroir of Le Mesnil in particular. In order to be closer to their grapes, Alexandre moved the house from Reims to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

In 1828 Alexandre’s brother, Nicolas, took over the business. But his tenure was short-lived, as he died in 1837 without leaving an heir. His widow, Marie Pierrette Delamotte-Barrachin took charge, along with a minority business partner, Jean-Baptiste Lanson. At this time, the name of the house became Veuve Delamotte-Barrachin.

Upon the death of Marie Pierrette in 1856, full control of the house went to Jean-Baptiste, who dismissed the Delamotte name altogether. The house changed its name to Lanson Pere et Fils, thus establishing Lanson out of Delamotte origins.

It was later that the Delamotte house was revived by a member of the Lanson family, Marie-Louise Lanson, who married into the de Nonancourt family.  When her husband died in 1924, she decided to assume his business responsibilities.  She inherited the house of Delamotte and in an effort to secure a financial future for her sons, she also purchased the house of Laurent-Perrier in 1938.

It was Marie-Louise’s sons, Charles and Bernard, who would follow in her footsteps. Delamotte was bestowed upon Charles in 1927, and Bernard eventually took over at Laurent-Perrier. Sixty-one years later, in 1988, Bernard had taken Laurent-Perrier to great heights of success and the house had become one of the top names in the region. It was in the same year that Charles sold Delamotte to the Laurent-Perrier group and less than a year later, they also acquired the house of Salon.

Today both Delamotte and Salon share a passionate team led by Didier Depond, whose vision and drive has afforded much success for the sister houses. The wines for both houses are made by chef de cave Michel Fauconnet, who has been with them for over 25 years.

Vineyards and Winemaking

Delamotte’s range of wines is produced with 100% Grand Cru fruit (with the exception of a small amount of Meunier). The focus is definitely on Chardonnay, and the vineyards they use are some of the best in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Oger and Cramant. Pinot Noir and Meunier are used for the Brut and the Rose. The Pinot Noir comes from the 100% Grand Cru villages of Tours-sur-Marne, Bouzy and Ambonnay, while the Meunier is sourced from top vineyards in the Marne. The house owns only 6 hectares, and sources the rest of its grapes from family growers with whom they have worked for generations and who understand Delamotte’s exacting standards and high quality expectations. All the grapes are harvested and sorted by hand.

In the years when Salon does not produce a wine, their contracted grapes will usually become part of the blend of the Delamotte Brut or the non-vintage Blanc de Blancs.

In the cellar, the grapes are pressed by gentle Willmes presses. All the Delamotte wines are vinified in stainless steel and go through full malolactic fermentation. An extended ageing period is a vital part of the style of these Chardonnay-based wines.