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Benoit Dehu Extra Brut La Rue des Noyers N.V. (2012)

Benoit Dehu Extra Brut La Rue des Noyers N.V. (2012)

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"A Champagne with tremendous promise, the NV (2012) Extra Brut Cuvée La Rue des Noyers Non-Dosé is powerful and also quite structured. In this vertical, the 2012 comes across as the most phenolic and dense of the four wines released so far. I would be tempted to cellar the 2012 for at least a few years to allow a bit more aromatic complexity to develop. Time in bottle continues to do wonders for the 2012. This is the most impressive bottle I have tasted so far. Hints of smoke, ash and graphite add distinctive mineral-inflected shades as the wine opens up in the glass. Disgorged on October 14, 2015 with no dosage. Drinking window: 2017-2024. 94 points

Benoit Déhu's NV Extra Brut La Rue des Noyers has established itself as one of the most compelling wines in Champagne since it was first released with the 2011 vintage. La Rue des Noyers emerges from 1.7 hectare parcel in Fossoy planted with Meunier and farmed biodynamically. The wine is fermented and aged in barrel, and bottled with little or no dosage. This mini-vertical of four vintages was a great opportunity to see how some of the first releases are coming along."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/17)