93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "[$111 list] The 2008 Delamotte is a deep, resonant Champagne endowed with stunning lays of depth. In 2008 Delamotte has all of the kaleidoscopic, multi-dimensional personality of the vintage, but the full malolactic fermentation softens some of the natural angularity of the year. Pastry, vanillin, baked apple, dried flowers and chamomile are all beautifully sculpted in the glass. This is one of the most accessible young 2008 Champagnes readers will come across, but there is real staying power and more than enough depth to support many years of fine drinking. Dosage is 6.5 grams per liter. Drink: 2018-2033. (Jul 2018)"
93 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "The 2008 Blanc de Blancs offers a deep, clear, fresh and complex bouquet of chalk, lemon leaves, lemon zest and concentrated yellow fruit expressions (mirabelles) that are discreet but give the background prospect of this remarkable wine. Delamotte's 2008 combines freshness and purity with maturity, complexity and mineral tension. It is almost austere toward the finish but has lots of charm, finesse and elegance and is driven by clean acidity. The grapes for the 2008 were sourced in Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Oger, Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry, and the blend was aged on the second lees for nine years before disgorgement. Drink: 2020-2035. (Nov 2018)"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "[$111 list] Drawing on fruit from the Côte des Blancs, this wine is concentrated and still young. Density comes from the strong minerality that is balanced by a lemon flavor. Textured and taut, this wine needs time in the cellar. Drink from 2020. Alcohol 12%. (Dec 2018)"
93 points Wine & Spirits: "[$111 list] It’s clear when this wine is first opened that there’s something complex and layered, but it gives little of itself. When I came back to it later in the day, the wine had opened beautifully. What had been a contrast of cool and heady had merged into a creamy, intriguing chalk line of flavor, its richness held with tension, those chardonnay-in-chalk flavors presented with clarity. A lovely, classical Blanc de Blancs Champagne. (Dec 2018)"
** Peter Liem (ChampagneGuide.net): "This certainly lives up to the pedigree of its vintage, combining the intrinsic richness of 2008 with an elegant harmony and refinement. While it’s still youthful, it already shows a subtle nuance and complexity on the palate, with a tense, energetic structure and vivid depth of flavor. It’s long and detailed on the finish, anchored by chalky minerality, and it promises to develop superbly well in the cellar. Last tasted: 9/18."
|SubRegion||Vallée de la Marne|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Designation||Brut|Blanc de Blancs|