Hitting The Bullseye:
Dehu Champagne Cuvée Initiation Extra Brut (2019)

Posted by Joe Salamone

We've been following the champagnes of Benoît Déhu from almost the beginning.

With that said, today marks our first offering of Déhu's wines. 

We've always admired their profound authenticity, verve, and pristine intensity.  Still, simply put, Déhu nailed it with his 2019 Initiation. 

photo of bottle of Dehu Champagne Cuvée Initiation Extra Brut (2019)

We tasted the 2019 as part of a large tasting and it was the standout. It just checked all of the boxes - depth, a graceful honesty, and above all, value.

Benoît Déhu's family estate, Déhu Père et Fils, was founded in 1787. After working at Bollinger, Benoît Déhu returned to the estate located in the Marne Valley and carved a small number of choice vineyards to pursue biodynamically farmed, single vintage, and low dosage champagnes. Portions of the vineyards are even farmed by horse. 

The Initiation was first released in 2015. The wine is a blend of Pinot Meunier from Déhu's top site, with clay and limestone from Rue des Noyers, and Pinot Noir from a sandy clay lower slope site planted with Pommard selection massale cuttings. 

The 2019 has a tremendous energy and beautiful nuance. We were impressed by the combination of power and zip with subtle and interwoven notes of mirabelle plums, spice, marmalade, and earth. 

When price and distinctiveness are considered, the 2019 Initiation is among the most exciting bottles of champagne that we've tasted in quite some time. We're very happy to offer. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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