Demière Oenoteck No.1
At Sip we are privileged with first access to some really exciting Champagnes, and this is right up there…
A pure Meunier aged on the lees for a whopping 162 months or 13.5 years to you and I!
Demière, based in Fleury la Riviere, works mainly with Meunier to create rich and fruity wines that age beautifully, but never before have we had the opportunity to experience this age in a non-vintage cuvée.
The magic of the lees
We first came across Demière many years ago and instantly fell for their exotic, complex wines. Founded in 1936 and based in Fleury la Riviere, Audrey and Jerome work with a majority of Meunier creating wines that last a lifetime. Our experience of their legendary ageing ability has seen flawless bottles of wines as far back as the 1950s. Staggering! But this is the first time we have ever had access to a long-aged non-vintage.
162 months on lees, 2006 base. Pure Fleury la Riviere.
A warming hug of a wine on the nose. Honey, buttered toast, nutty with notes of pastry and orange peel. As you take the first sip you are hit with a playful front end with notes of violets and honey. The palate remains remarkably compact for its age, keeping very central and vinous. As it opens, the mid develops more fruitiness bringing primary elements like strawberry, blackcurrant and sweet grapefruit. The glory of this maison is you know this will develop even more with a year or two resting in your cellar... if you can resist opening it!