An interesting small maison in Flavigny just east of Avize run by Arien Dhondt producing terroir driven wines from vineyards in Cramant, Chouilly, Cuis and Sezanne and a small amount of red fruit from Avenay-Val-d’Or. His wines are a wonderful walk through the Cote des Blancs with each cuvee showing a different village and it’s terroir. The Tradition is simple in style with a young blend of most of his vineyards. The Selection is 100% Cuis and shows this dominance on the palate. The Prestige du Moulin shows a real step up in quality and style on the palate with grapes from Chouilly and Cramant. The Millesime is a bizarre side step as we move back to Cuis with an opulence on the nose and a rather simple mid-palate even in a vintage like 2008. Where this producer really stands up is in his Grande Cuvee. A single lieu-dit, Le Bateau, south facing in Cramant, using natural sugars and indigenous yeasts. It is oak fermented, 25% new oak. Opulent, serious and fine. It is a wine that demands your attention and time.

Village: Avize

Region: La Cote des Blancs

Type: RM

Contact: Adrien Dhondt

Cuvée De Prestige: Grande Cuvee

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Style: Crisp, terroir driven, balanced, focused top wine.

Terroir: Cramant, Chouilly, Cuis, Sezanne, Avenay-Val-d'Or




Le Vieux Moulin, 51190 FLAVIGNY


03 26 57 97 09



Recent Tasting Notes from Dhondt-Grellet

Dhondt-Grellet Rose 1er Cru

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 81

Good mouthfeel. Got an impressive mid palate and bite to this. Good balance of crisp chardonnay and also red fruit qualities.

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Dhondt-Grellet Grande Cuvee 2010

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 83-88

100% oak Opulent creamy nose. Green apple. Lovely, oaky. Extremely fine and balanced oak. Beautiful mousse. Serious acidity a …

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Dhondt-Grellet Millesime 2008

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 79-81

Opulent style on the nose.Mature fruit. Rather simple style. Mid palate is lacking depth.

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Dhondt-Grellet Prestige du Moulin

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 81-85

Real hit of cramant. Minerality, crisp, lemon. Good depth on the mid palate. Lovely freshness with a touch of cream.

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Base Vintage: 2010

Dhondt-Grellet Selection

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 75-77

Very muted on the nose. Step up in the quality of mouthfeel. Spritely mousse. Dry.

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Dhondt-Grellet Tradition

Tasted:February 5, 2015

Score: 72

Fruity, steely, crisp, white flowers with a plump note. Sweet, lacking acidity. Lots of orange pethe, short on the finish but …

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