White - Sparkling

1997 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs Millésimé

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Alex H wrote: 87 points

    March 11, 2016 - Weighty fruits of ripe peach, apricots and toasted lemons with overnight apples. Quite sappy and frothy.

  • Paul S wrote: 91 points

    June 25, 2014 - Dinner with James Mead (New Ubin Seafood): I always enjoy Diebolt-Valois Champagnes, even if they rarely rock my world. This was no exception to the rule. It had a neat little nose of cream and sweet apples and white melons touched with a bit of spice and mineral and a little musky sweetness. There was a lovely balance to the palate. It was full and round, opening with a blush of ripe, fleshy apple notes laced backed up by a good spine of lemony acidity and a nice seam of minerality that kept the wine it focused and balanced. The mousse had mellowed into a soft caress on the backpalate, but there was still a nice, grippy feel to the wine all the way into a long, minerally finish. Pretty good – this seems to be drinking near its peak.

  • Paul S wrote: 90 points

    March 21, 2014 - Off-Vintage Wine Dinner (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria, Singapore): Still decently good. Unfortunately though, this bottle was rather less enjoyable than the last one I had just a week or so ago. The nose seemed more developed, with a little oxidative edge running through slightly browning aromas of red apples and pears, along with a touch of toast and cream. Still quite attractive though. The palate seemed to lack some of the definition and precision that I liked on the last bottle, again showing slightly oxidative notes running through rather rich flavours of apples and lemons and some savoury preserved kumquats tailing away in a little kiss of spice. Still quite yummy, especially with a great dish of raw-fish noodles. However, it was significantly weaker than the last bottle, which was just fresher, brighter and all round finer. I hope my other bottle goes back to form.

  • Paul S wrote: 92 points

    March 15, 2014 - Impromptu Afternoon at Mood Indigo (Mood Indigo, Jalan Kilang Barat, Singapore): Probably the first 1997 bubbly I have had. This was a very easy-going, undemanding Champagne, but really delicious. It had a pleasant notes of apples and green strawberries and some fresh lemon scents, along with little complex nuances of mineral and yeast, some floral notes notes and a touch of green sage-like herb. Rather pretty. The palate was drinking beautifully. It had lovely, approachable flavours of sweet lemons and green apples and more of those green strawberry inflections picked up on the nose. It was nicely textured, with a creamy mousse, but all this held together by a firm citrussy backbone and fine acidity that gave the wine a good sense of grip. There was a nice minerality on the midpalate as well, just before a pretty finish with soft floral notes and a gentle spice set in. This was really enjoyable. It was very friendly, round and compact - a really nicely put together Blanc de Blancs, especially for something of this price range, and drinking beautifully at the moment too. I have bought myself a couple of bottles and am looking forward to popping them.

  • Yapdiver wrote: flawed

    February 2, 2014 - The wine looks light gold colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like bready and baker's yeast. It tastes like baker's yeast. The body is medium. The wine has narrow texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Diebolt-Vallois
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs Millésimé
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne

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  • In Cellars 9 (31%)
  • Consumed 20 (69%)

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