Ben says

★ Good Wine “Lightly gold with bready aromas, orange peel, and apple on the nose. Slightly oxidative. Extremely lively on the palate. Pithy and dry with biscuity notes. A long finish. A weighty, memorable fizz and a good example of low dosage Pinot Noir varietal Champagne.”

Champagne Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Brut


Varietal Pinot Noir with 12.5% abv. Grown on vineyards in Ambonnay with the High Environmental Value certificate for sustainable viticulture (organic in conversion). Aged and vinified in a very impressive array of wood (33% in 205L Champagne oak barrels, 33% in 34 hectolitre oak casks, and 34% in reserve wines with more than 40 different years of ageing).

Grown in: Ambonnay, Champagne, FRANCE.

Food Pairing

Big, zingy and very bubbly Champagne like this is for popping the cork, saying cheers with good friends, and having a party. Pair with nibble food.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Beckford Bottle Shop annual tasting.

£62.95 Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath.

Reviewed and tasted: 5 November 2022

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Pierre and Sophie Déthune are the the current generation looking after their namesake Grower Champagne estate in the Ambonnay Grand Cru. The oak for ageing their reserve wines and fermenting the new harvests are all sourced from the local forests and their 7 hectare estate is described by their UK importers as “amongst the loveliest and best cared for in the whole of Champagne”. The Déthunes family have been making their own Champagne since the early 20th Century.