Bubbly, creamy, refreshing or fruity, champagne for all tastes and celebrations
words and pix: Ambica Gulati
It’s a wine, but it’s a unique wine and it’s a collection—it’s a collection of champagne for all those special moments. This is La Collection D from the House of Devaux and it’s now in India. It comprises Cuvée D, Ultra D, Rosé D and Millésimé D (still to make its way into the country).
Created by cellar master Michel Parisot, La Collection D expresses the ‘art of champagne making’ through fruity character, delicate flavour, translucent hue and elegant green bottle. There is a label which says it matured in five years, “as the House of Devaux believes in transparency”, says Jean-Noël Girard, Director Commercial Export, Champagne Veuve A. Devaux. La Collection D has an ageing process three times longer than the normal champagne regulations.
The journey of Collection D begins right from the choice of the plot, to checking the quality of grapes as they grow and going diligently through the pressing of the grapes, the bottling and the ageing process.
Giving a taste and introducing the House of Devaux, Girard explains that it was started by two brothers, Jules and Auguste Devaux, in 1846. After the death of the brothers, their widows managed the business and the family kept it running till 1987. Then the last member of the family Jean-Pol Auguste Devaux sold the business to Laurent Gillet, President of Union Auboise which is now known as Groupe Vincole Champagne Deveaux.
Devaux prides itself on being a boutique brand, sending out 700,000 bottles annually to 40 countries across the globe. “Quality rules over quantity,” emphasizes Girard. The biggest market is UK. The House of Devaux is located in Côte des Bar, France, and offers a variety of champagnes—La Collection D, Les Classiques with four different champagnes and Les 100% Pinot Noir with three choices.
Big glasses are essential for champagne, elucidated Girard. Champagne is best served between 7-9ºC. As India is one of the hot countries, its best to serve it little by little instead of a lot in one go. Smell, swirl and sip, that’s the way to drink your champagne. Don’t drink too fast and don’t drink cheap champagne because it’s ultimately about enjoying the celebration.
Cuvée D: Made from 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. This was a soft translucent golden yellow. It had the aroma of vanilla, soft spices and was creamy and rich, going smoothly down the throat. This was my personal favourite.
Ultra D: Made from 50% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay with 10% of the Pinot Noir made into red wine, this was an even more translucent champagne. Bubbly, it had fresh aromas and a dash of salinity.
Rosé D: Made from 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay including minimum 35% reserve wines aged in oak casks. This was a nice translucent pink with a sharp diamond-shaped bubble. The fruity aroma and floral flavours make it special. It was not vintage, but fresh, and lingering.
What’s available in India: Cuvée D, Ultra D, Rosé
Where they are available: Distributed by Rad Elan Distributors, they will be available in Delhi, Haryana, Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Price: Rs 6,000 upto Rs 7,700 depending on state regulations.