Diebolt Vallois

We are inordinately proud to have been appointed the California importers for this celebrated Côte des Blancs producer. Because she is married to Jean-Paul Hébrart, we have known and liked Isabelle Diebolt for many years. Presiding over an 11 hectare estate raised to prominence by her father Jean since the 1970’s (though
they trace their roots to Cuis in the 1500’s), she is an indefatigable perfectionist whose vivid wines have won acclaim in all quarters. The majority of their chardonnay vines lie in Cramant (Grand Cru) and Cuis (1er Cru), with additional holdings in Chouilly and Le Mesnil (Grands Crus) and the Côtes d’Épernay. Their small
plantings of black grapes (which are not included in any of our selections) are from the Montagne de Reims and the Côte de Bar.
The juice for all their Blanc de Blancs wines is exclusively cuvée. With the exception of the Fleur de Passion,
their tête de cuvee (soon to be added to our assortment), the wines systematically go through malolactic fermentation. The result is a range that stylishly limns the capacity of chardonnay to offer tautness, fruit and minerality. Drawn from a relatively small geographical expanse, the wines expertly reflect both the bracing
particularity of their origin in the north of the Côte des Blancs and the rounder qualities derived from the vineyards towards Épernay – the best of both worlds!

Available Wines

Diebolt Vallois 2010 Blanc de Blancs

From a silvery year of infinite nuance comes this simply beautiful example of nicely-aged Blanc de Blancs. It is exemplary of a biscuity style that aficionados consider to be the finest expression of champagne. On a basis of Cuis (60%), the balance of the grapes come from Chouilly, Épernay and young Cramant vines. It is hard to exaggerate the finesse and appeal of this beautiful wine.

Diebolt Vallois N.V. “Prestige” Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru [6/750]

This is a fascinatingly composed wine. 85% is a stainless-steel fermented blend hailing from Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil from the years 2014 and 2013. The balance is a “solera” of reserve wines from the same villages, aged in 40 hl. casks, composed of all the years between 2009 and 2014. With dosage at 4 gm., the effect is dry but not austere, with the oak-aged component adding subtle roundness and depth to the plangent harmonies of the base. A palpably big-time champagne for a modest premium.

Diebolt Vallois N.V. Blanc de Blancs [12/375 &12/750]

Based on the exuberant 2015 vintage, with reserve wine from 2014, this is a forthright champagne that shows Blanc de Blancs at its most charming and generous. The grapes come from Cuis, Chouilly and an excellent cru in Épernay called Justice. The dosage is 5.5 gm.