A house founded in 1846 and eventually sold to the cooperative Union Auboise, the largest grower in the Côte des Bar.
Bar-sur-Seine, Côte des Bar; the cooperative covers 1,400+ vineyard hectares but only ~100 are used for Devaux.
Though it is a cooperative, and a large one, the investment in quality – particularly in the “Collection D” range – easily rivals that of a house or grower and their access to vineyard resources is formidable. Only the cuvée (first portion of the pressing) is used. The red wine comes from old vine pinot noir from Les Riceys, Champagne’s southernmost village famed for still rosé. Reserve wines are aged in large oak casks.
They compare themselves more to the vineyards of Chablis and Burgundy than elsewhere in Champagne and specialize in pinot noir.
Overall, it’s clean, bright and assertive with fine, cedary oak, flintiness and yuzu fruit. The palate is super energetic with blazing acidity and a pleasantly powdery attack. The fruit starts to suggest pink grapefruit but only just. The acid and fruit linger on the palate, with base notes of conifer resins and oak.
Try It With
Delicate crustacean dishes.
When To Drink
Your tennis or golf buddy.
This stays bright and classy under a stopper for several days (you just need a fridge tall enough to accommodate the elegant flute bottle).
Impressively elegant, classy rosé.
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