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Stenope by Devaux

Wine: Stenope
Producer: Champagne Devaux
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2012
Style: Sparkling
Blend: 52% Pinot Noir / 48% Chardonnay
Size: 75cl


1 in stock

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The Wine:

On the nose, aromas of white blossom, red apple and lemon peel are followed by hints of sourdough and roasted almond. The palate is bright and fresh, with creamy mouthfeel and notes of bergamot, candied fruit and brioche. The finish is long and complex.

Following the second fermentation in bottle, each bottle of Sténopé was aged for a minimum of 7 years on lees. An extra brut dosage of 5g/L was selected for best expression of the vintage. The total production of Sténopé 2012 was 6215 bottles and 880 magnums, each one of which is numbered.

Sténopé is a collaboration between Michel Parisot and renowned winemaker from the Rhône Valley, Michel Chapoutier. Sharing the same philosophy around vineyards and respect for the land, they decided to create an exceptional Champagne that takes a snapshot of a particular vintage – the name means ‘pinhole camera’ in French. Sténopé is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir carefully selected by Michel Parisot from his preferred plots. This includes En Chanseux and Val Bazot, sites which Devaux and Chaputier purchased together. Located in Les Riceys, these sites produce Pinot Noir with a distinctive Burgundian character, with richness and length, while retaining finesse. The vines are 50 years old on average, resulting in excellent concentration.

Further Info:

Devaux Champagne was originally founded in 1846, by the brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux. Today, the estate is owned by the Union Auboise in the Côte des Bar; the heartland of Pinot Noir in Champagne. Physically closer to Chablis than Reims or Épernay, vines in the Côte des Bar are grown on Burgundian soils of Kimmeridgian marl and Portlandian limestone. Chef de Cave since 1999, Michel Parisot was named the ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2020 International Wine Challenge, a testament to Michel’s pioneering approach to winemaking.

The flagship ‘Collection D’ range uses only the first quarter of the press (the ‘coeur de cuvée’) and is aged for at least five years, contributing to flavour complexity and an integrated mousse. The ‘Cuvée D’ comprises at least 40% reserve wines, including wine from two solera systems dating back to 1995 and 2002. The ‘Ultra D’ is a low-dosage Champagne containing 40% reserve wines, showing wonderful freshness and length. The ‘D Rosé’ blends 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, with great finesse and hints of red berries. The ‘D Millésimé’ spends over ten years of extended ageing on its lees and displays exceptional complexity, structure and balance. Devaux ages most of their reserve wines in oak barrels of different sizes, toasts and ages, which are all sourced locally to minimise environmental impact. The intelligent use of oak in Devaux’s wines led Eric Label, Chef de Cave of Krug, to refer to Devaux as “the Krug of the Côte des Bar”.


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