SOLD OUT! Just in time for the holidays, the R. Dumont Champagne Brut Tradition is back, and I'm honestly not sure how our supplier was able to keep the price on this one so low. My pick for the top Champagne deal of all time, I have put this up against that popular, yellow-labeled stuff in blind tastings on a number of occasions with my tasting group. It consistently wins.
For fans of richer yet freshly-styled Pinot Noir-driven Champagnes, this is the ticket. Broad and textured yet fresh and mouthwatering, you won’t find a better Champagne for less than forty bucks! Lynn and I just had a bottle of last year's release the other night, and it truly blew us away.
Champagne R. Dumont Brut Tradition
Like Veuve Clicquot? Try this, it's better!
The Dumont family have farmed vineyards in the Aube district of Southern Champagne for over 200 years. Up until the 1980’s, the family simply grew grapes and sold them to the larger Champagne houses. Today, the three Dumont brothers continue to sell their grapes, but they also estate-bottle their own wines. We are so glad they do!
Their Brut Tradition is composed of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. The combination of Aube’s warmer temperatures along with its chalky, clay soils result in richer and more sumptuous wines with rounder and softer textures. Still, the wines possess that wonderful chalky minerality that real-deal Champagne is known for.
Being that the Dumonts spend zero dollars on marketing campaigns, their wines sell for incredibly reasonable prices. This is completely counter to the "situation" found with the larger producers. These bigger producers buy grapes from folks like the Dumonts, but then they spend millions on marketing in magazines and periodicals world-wide. Guess who ends up paying for their marketing dollars spent? You do!
Wouldn't you rather spend your hard earned dollars on JUST the wine? I sure would, and I advise you to do the same. Pour a glass of this, and you should immediately notice that just because this sells for way less than many big-name Champagnes, there is no compromise in quality. This smells grand with it's notes of ripe citrus, spiced apple, rhubarb, and caramelized peach. As it gets more air and temperature, more complex notes of brioche and chalky mineral come out to play. Despite its richer, rounder profile, it is decidedly dry and zesty on the palate.
Simply put, this easily competes with and qualitatively destroys Champagnes from larger houses that cost twice the price. If you love Pinot Noir-driven Champagnes like Veuve Clicquot, go ahead and get a six-pack and save a bunch of money. This is always one of our top selling sparkling wines of the year, so don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to get yours. It will be gone by then! Cheers and Happy Holidays!
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