Made entirely from Grand Cru hillside vineyards above Cramant, the most celebrated village for 'blanc de blancs' in Champagne. Light on the palate, but with the great persistance for which Jacques Diebolt has built his international reputation. Very small production from the family's tiny 25 acre esate.
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Chalky, mineral-accented aromas of lime, quince and green apple. Dry and incisive on the palate, offering nervy citrus fruit and floral flavors along with a biting note of white pepper. Shows excellent clarity and power on a finish that strongly echoes the chalk and lime notes. Here's a racy, fat-free Champagne that would make an ideal companion for oysters.
Pale yellow, with tiny bubbles. Fresh, incisive scents of lemongrass, lime and pear, with a floral undertone. Shows tight citrus flavors on entry, then gains weight in the middle palate and offers notes of pear skin and dusty minerals. I like this wine's stony, restrained personality. The finish is dry, focused and persistent; this would work well with raw oysters or fresh crab.
Pale color. Pungent yet refined nose combines spring flowers, caraway seed, minerals, citrus skin and apple. Brisk and pure but creamy, with incisive apple and citrus flavors and great finesse. Very light on its feet and perfumed in the mouth. Finishes floral, gripping and very long.
By Slemenda12427223, January 02, 2012
One of the nicest champagnes we've ever tried. Beats several that we've paid over $100/bottle for.
A Special Dinner Starter
By Paul from the Oblong Table, June 21, 2006
The week before my bride's birthday, I was scouting for a very special dinner starter. A special voice (AS) whispered and pointed to this dynamic bottle. Our dinner was made exceptonally better and was noticed by the staff at Matyson. The entrees were complimented by a 1997 Jordan Cab. Great night, great grapes.
By ratso222, May 10, 2006
Forget what the experts say about storing it in the fridge and viberations. Get 1 or 2 and put them in the frig. Take one out whenever it is a special occasion. What a nice bubbly. It is sustaining. Make sure you have the right glasses, and you will be rewarded. Move over White Star.
By Thomson11918049, January 12, 2006
Very satisfying, well balanced taste. Excellent value.
We served this champagne 3 years ago for a party and received many compliments from seasoned champagne drinkers. Since then we've kept several bottles close by for those spontaneous moments of celebration. Consistent quality, great taste...Hard to find, I've driven an hour to get this wine and do not begrudge one minute of the journey.
By David Moore, December 28, 2005
Drank this on Christmas over the course of the day - opened the bottle at noon or so with smoked salmon, etc., left it open all day, and came back to it about 11 PM to finish out a perfect day. If anything, the bottle showed better. Jacques and his family consistently produce the most elegant blanc de blanc in Champagne.
Best $35 bottle Champagne ever
By syrah11336874, March 19, 2005
This wine is reportedly the house champagne of the Four Seasons and for good reason. It is a full-bodied but not overwhelming (ala Bollinger) drink, with complex flavor and near perfect balance. A great glass of bubbles!!
By Swirl and a sniff, January 08, 2005
I am not a champagne drinker but this was a treat. I will be buying more!
By metrick10461835, February 21, 2004
One of only a small handful of memorable bottles I have ever had in my life. Buy a case!
I love this
By cabernet10127065, January 26, 2004
I will buy several more times
By bordeaux10158377, April 10, 2003
This is what champagne is all about!
By reisling10433632, February 03, 2003
Had to check the price again; it was so good, I thought I'd grabbed a much more expensive bottle.
By Wine me?, December 17, 2001
Tasted amazing, even with our pizza dinner :)
By Tsquared, July 30, 2007
This is a very good champaigne, excellent according to my wife. We drink about 1-3 bottles a week of champaigne and this is one of the very best, if not the best. Price has nothing to do with it. It's not a good champaigne for the price. It's a good champaigne. Very crisp, clear, and dry.
By pinot10092452, September 03, 2001
Great taste for the price. I'm impressed.
By StephenSinclair, March 13, 2001
By Engie, February 23, 2001
Very drinkable, excellent value.
So Good Yet So Far Away
By OneMoreGlass, January 01, 2001
Maybe it's the variable quality of bottles off the shelf here in the Midwest, maybe it's the double happiness it brings (superb taste, reasonable price), or most probably it's the excellent quality control of D&V combined with the envoronmental control from vineyard to Moore Bothers, but I don't think you'll find a better bottle of champagne for this price. If it weren't a 10 hour drive to visit Moore Brothers, I'd buy a case of this terrific bubbly in a minute. We had to suffer through GH Mumm for New Years Eve, and may have to settle for a bottle of Bollinger for the first. I wish they were D&V's BdB. It's rough times west of the Ohio river.
By CorkDork, June 20, 2000
Great freshness and flavor. This wine has such a direct appeal that you don't need to know a thing about Champagne or wine to enjoy it. Medium light in body with great elegance & finesse.
Drew No Blancs
By Pat McGowan, June 14, 2000
If Dave Moore says its good , that's good enough for me too !
By David McDuff, October 18, 2000
10/18/2000 -- I'm going to have to update the DV BdB to 5 stars. After serving this champagne at a recent party (and after drinking a decent bit of other bubblies in recent days), I realized just how awesome this champagne is, particularly at its $30 price point. An endless stream of superfine bubbles and light straw color set the stage for one of the most deliciously elegant champagnes that has ever passed my lips. Bravo!
9/1/2000 -- Just shy of five stars for me, and an awesome value-to-dollar wine when compared to other basic NV champagnes. This is a great example -- dry, crisp, lively and perfectly toasty/fruity with a fine mousse -- of the blanc de blancs style.
Fantastic NV Champagne
By Edward Murray, June 04, 2000
Jacques Diebolt's entry level Cramant Champagne is pale straw in color with a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Restrained aromas of green apples and citrus. Lovely crisp yet soft mousse on the palate, considerable mineral-like length. I forgot how much I missed tasting (drinking) this wine.
By VinoMan, June 02, 2000
Great fine nose of slight yeast and a very fulfilling fine body with acidity, freshness and finesse. Small production from great vineyards with intense flavors.
By SK, September 29, 2000
God, I LOVE champagne! And these people do it right! The fruit is abundant, the bubbles tiny - couldn't be better!
Second tasting on 29 September: Magnifique
Best Producer of Bland de Blanc
By Cabernet5465, June 08, 2000
Jacques Diebolt grows the best fruit in the Grand Cru of Cramant near Epernay. His Champagne is marked with finesse and delicacy, and is always perfectly balanced. This is hard to find, but well worth the search.
Great Champagne made entirely with Chardonnay.
By Peter Meyaart, September 29, 2000
Great bubbles, fresh white-fruit flavors. A winner.
By jhs, February 10, 2007
focused, tight, and delicious a great bottle for the price. light on the palate, but well structured--very well made wine.
By Chris Cree M.W., December 12, 2005
This terrific champers has cool, clean almost citrussy nose and is lovely, lively, creamy and elegant on the palate. Is suprisingly persistant given its refreshing nature. A perfect aperitif or with light seafood and app's! NV Blanc des Balncs doesn't get any better!!
Fantastic Balance of Crisp Mouthfeel and complex layers of fruit
By GreenWave, April 23, 2004
Enjoyed this tremendous bottle tonight. Perfect for a celebration. Taste and drinks wonderful. My wife and I have enjoyed some of the "safe" Champagne's like Jouet and Mumm. We ejoyed this much more. Fantastic balance, great for a special treat.
By drmcohen, March 06, 2002
Doesn't everyone have a bottle of champagne in the fridge? How much does it cost? 20-30 bucks I bet. Well this fits that category. Very tight and dry champagne. It is the type of champagne that people will have an impression about. One way or the other. It is produced by a small vineyard and is boutique enough for the snob appeal of hard to get. I like it cuz it drinks great. Dry not sweet which lends itself to a couple of glasses not the sip and put it down. Maybe I am a lush. This is great to serve with fish; it cuts thru salmon and crusted sea bass or monkfish. Also nice to serve with dessert of dry fruit and cheese.
Crsip, good body , tasty
By helcha8, May 26, 2001
My headline says it all. This champagne is a GREAT value for $30. I have to buy more!
A little drier than i like but not too dry that i won't add more to my collection.
Flawless and complex
By chard76205, January 03, 2001
I probably tried about 6-8 different sparklers between Christmas and New Years, and this was one of the two most impressive (along with V-C Grande Dame). It is crisp and complex, superbly restrained without being severe.
fabulous, light and clear
By T Harvey & dogs, January 02, 2001
An excellent wine to serve alone or with cheese. Not too lemony, very light and clean on the tongue.
By tokay10012143, October 04, 2000
This is the second time I have had this champagne. It continues to impress me with its wonderfully small bubbles, somewhat light but very pleasant body with good fruit, and an almost creamy taste. Very nice. I find it to be an excellent value.
Great way to end the week.
By chard51603, July 26, 2000
Although this champagne is not in the same league as the Diebolt Prestege, it's a great value and should be consumed often. Life is for celebrating!
By trialguy, September 14, 2000
The wine was quite wonderful along with grilled salmon and used in a sauce with shallots, cream and dill. Another Moore Bros. surprise that by this time shouldn't be a surprise!
By desty, July 16, 2000
lovely and elegant. green apple on front, apple pie/sauce with toasted almond finish. wonderfully balanced. great buy
By Winette, June 14, 2000
The quality and purity of the chardonnay grapes just jumps right out of this wine and smacks you. Excellent, dry, acidic yet balanced.
By Cheryl, June 06, 2000
This is a delicious champagne. Tiny, soft bubbles with a flavor that lasts.
By fedsan, June 02, 2000
Medium dry with lots of small bubbles. Concentrated with a nice fruity finnish
By otter, April 20, 2000
Super-clean, intense aromas, a rich middle, and smoking acidity is what makes this Champagne for me. It always tastes better with a group of people, although Diebolt BB NV is one of my favorite wines to drink with sushi.
Technical note: The wine is now a blend of '95 and '96 wine, from grapes harvested mostly from the grand-cru vineyards of Cramant.
By Steve & Margaret, July 02, 2000
We give this lovely champagne 4 stars because we love it! The first time we had this champagne was at Le Bec Fin. I looked forward to to having it at home to see if it was just our lovely evening at a fine restaurant or a great bottle.
We enjoy it with cheese before a meal and with risotto.Buy it by the case!
Average rating: 4.23(232 ratings)