“It’s a delicate, pure Chardonnay, that becomes dramatic in its intensity and breadth.”
Drawn entirely from the steep Grand Cru Chardonnay hillsides above Cramant, Cuis, and Le Mesnil sur Oger, the “Cuvée Prestige” is a product of centuries of winemaking tradition and refinement practiced by the Vallois and Diebolt families. Wine & Spirits noted, “It’s a delicate, pure Chardonnay, that becomes dramatic in its intensity and breadth.” Still, no one summed it up better than the sommelier at Four Seasons George V, who told us, “When you drink le Champagne de Jacques Diebolt, it’s not as if you are drinking Champagne. It’s more like you’re drinking Meursault Perrières — but with bubbles!”
The Valloises have been cultivating vines in the Côtes des Blancs since the 15th century. The Diebolts arrived in the 19th century. Jacques, the current patriarch, started working the vineyards with his grandfather in the late 1950s. The Diebolts began as farmers, but under Jacques’ vision, they ultimately started making their own wines in the auspiciously spectacular 1978 vintage.
Over 30 years later, much has changed at #84 Rue Neuve in Épernay. Jacques and Nadine Diebolt’s daughter and son have joined them at the domaine. The estate has grown from 15 acres to over 30. The last 2 acres were Grand Cru purchases in Cuis and Mesnil. The land grab would set the Diebolts back a cool $4,000,000. While dining at Four Seasons George V in 2015 — where “Cuvée Prestige” has been the featured Champagne for years — Jacques openly confided: “The family will be in debt for 100 years. But that’s the craziness of Champagne.” In the end, it’s all about what’s best for the bubbles.
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access
Hard to imagine a better BdB - it's a pure, mineral laden, lemon citrus smelling bubbly elixir. World Class.
Cuvee Prestige is a well rounded wine.
Thanks for the great recommendation. It is worth the extra money over the blanc de blanc for that special occasion. Laser-like wine. Just fantastic.
Pale gold with persistent stream of small bubbles. 100% chardonnay all from Grand Cru Cramant grapes. Aromas of green apples, minerals and citrus. Quite complex, wonderful mouthfeel.
Absolutely fantastic! Glad I ordered 6 bottles because I can't wait to open another after having the first. I opened this at a nice dinner with friends and it was a huge hit. It has great minerality and a super crisp flavor that hangs on the palate. I had it with himachi but it would be so awesome with oysters as well. I've had other Champagnes from this producer and this one definitely takes it uoba notch. So so good! Great recommendation WineAccess!
Lovely pale green/yellow color with small persistant bubbles floral/fruity nose mouth filling lovely chardonay!!!
Enjoyed this bottle along with 5 others this New Year's eve. Four of us rated it number one or two. Our other favorite was was Moet et Chandon Nectar Imperial. Both are bubbly, slightly sweet, with limited bouquet but wonderful fruity overtones. Fantastic!
Invest in this vs. Kuggerands
This wine is a stone classic. Take the advice of the winemaker and chill the wine slowly (water up to the shoulder of the bottle and about "half a tray of ice - American" - 6 cubes). Beautiful, complex, subtle aromas with a lush, vibrant texture. One of the finest Champagnes you'll ever try. Grand Cru fruit from Diebolt's holdings in Cramant (Chardonnay).
One of the best bottles of Champagne I've had. We had this to celebrate a big event and could not have chosen much better. Went well with a light meal and was just as good on its own later. Had a small piece of Delice de Bourgone cheese which was a perfect match to finish dinner.
Very, very few wines are true class "A" wines. This one is. We had this at Pif tonight in Philadelphia paired with the first 3 courses of David Ansill's 7 course tasting menu. The cuvee prestige works well with more delicate dishes although the last glass surprisingly held its own against the robust flavored escargot with pernod. This wine is a bargain in the exalted realm of luxury cuvee Champagne!
This Champagne was the centerpiece for my 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Clean and delicious with excellent fruit a nd finish. Apple notes.
Little sweeter than Dom Perignon but just as smooth. Beutiful champagne and a steal at this price.
Loved this. Shared some at the holidays and all my guests loved it as well.
Have just ordered more with the latest WA Redux offering. Very refined Champagne that was a bit more open and enjoyable the next day (believe it or not, we didn't finish the bottle the first night since my wife drinks little, if any). Crisp and acidic with lots of fine bubbles and just a hint of sweetness on the finish. Not much of a nose to speak of, which surprised me. Very tasty by itself and fantastic with my Chesapeake crab cakes and grilled Romaine. A reasonably-priced Champagne that is worthy of special occasions, as well as a simple work night dinner when one feels like "I deserve this treat."
This was a perfect foil for the great deserts at Papa Haydn's in Portland. Brioche, pears, and a nice nuttiness on the nose. Wonderful flavors of lemon and minerals burst on the palate. If you are a fan of crunchy wines, you will love this! Slightly bitter (in a good way) lemon zest finish. Simply terrific!
the best champagne I have ever had - worth every penny
This is a great champagne that helps you find a reason to celebrate!
I loved Diebolt-Vallois ever since I started working in the Philly restaurant scene. First at Le Bec-Fin and then, at the Four Seasons, the wine is balanced, the length is long and the finish is superb. p.s. also try the Fleur de Passion from Diebolt-Vallois, a truly great wine.
If you haven't tried the Prestige Cuvee from D-V yet, you will be very impressed when you do. The high level of care and attention given to this Champagne will be apparent. It is easily a top 5 NV Champagne for me.
Delicious! No wonder this is the house champagne for so many 5-star hotels.
The sensory experience begins with the elegant bottle shape and pretty label, which shows well against a backdrop of roses. Pouring the wine, one is greeted with an energetic surge of carbonation that rapidly quells; pale golden color, delightful aroma combining yeasty and floral scents; elegance on the palate with creamy texture, tartness, a combination of aggressive minerality, citrus, some pear, floral quality, long finish and almost a touch of sweetness - i.e. not witheringly dry.
I bought this for a friend but the gift was shared. I personally loved the bold tastes of lemon and peach. Would buy this one again.
Pale color, subtle nose, with hints of anise, lemon and minerals. Light, chardonnay body with exceptional balance; hints of citrus and spice. Nicely tapering finish. Next one in a year.
Superbly mineral champagne from D-V, as usual. It is one of the gems of Cramant and offered at a pretty fair price for what it is.
A very nice, high quality, tiny bubble champagne.....our guests who are upper end champagne drinkers couldn't say enough about the flavor, the bouquet, the finish. I would have to agree. Wish now that we'd gotten a case! Their take was better than Veuve and up there with Dom P. Personally I don't like the flavor profile of the Dom P so this did it way better for me.
Love the citrus notes that are so prevalent. Really distinguishes this wonderful champagne. Beautifully crafted, and super hard (impossible?) to get stateside outside of WA. Nice!
a little light on its feet. A less fruit forward style of champagne. probably really good with oysters or brie, lighter food.
$45. 4 bottles. Lovely in all ways. This was a great value and classic Blanc de Blanc. I must say I prefer the classic mix or cuvee of standard french champagne varietals, but this D-V had value for it's incredible ability to morph into pairing with so many foods. Tempura, mushroom, cream, fish, scallops--everything paired well with it. Nose was not as complex and standard Champagne, but the body and finish more than made up for it.
More dry than expected. Lovely bubbles and finish. Excellent with light food.
Very good NV; would certainly buy more.
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