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Champagne Paul Déthune Cuvée Prestige Princesse des Thunes Grand Cru Brut

Chardonnay Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: NV
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Origin: Ambonnay / Champagne / France
  • Grapes: 50% Pinot Noir / 50% Chardonnay


The Déthunes started as growers in the early 1800s and began to make their own Champagne in the 1930s. The vineyards are planted in the ratio of 70% Pinot Noir to 30% Chardonnay and are farmed on organic principles – and hold the highest level HEV (High Environmental Value) certificate for sustainable viticulture. This immaculate 7-hectare domaine goes from strength to strength. Pierre and Sophie Déthune are friends of the Fournys and this Ambonnay domaine is amongst the loveliest and best cared for in the whole of Champagne.

The Champagnes are vinified in a mix of stainless steel cuves, foudres and 205 litre barrels, the oak all being sourced from local forests.

Their wines are deep, rich and full, but with lovely freshness and elegance. They also put the date of disgorging on the back of each bottle, which is never less than three years prior to release, which again underlines their attention to detail. These are all very fine mouthfilling wines and as Michael Edwards says, “Pierre Déthune intelligently adopts tradition to craft wines of exuberance and vinosity.”

This is a real treat. Produced in miniscule amounts with up to 30% reserve wine from a 30 year old solera oak cask followed by long ageing in the cellar. The result is a wonderfully complex wine with a rich broad palate. Perfect to drink with a meal, this level of complexity is exactly why grower Champagne continues to grow in popularity and offer unbeatable value for money.