22nd March 2014
Devaux is a dynamic Champagne house that specialises in Pinot Noir. Their style is dictated by their location in the sunnier southern part of the region, where Pinot Noir dominates and produces wines that are full, rich and expressive, without losing the finesse of classic Champagne.
Devaux only use the initial lightly pressed juice (the cuvée) and age all their wines on their lees for at least three years (twice the minimum requirement), giving both complexity of flavour and an integrated fine mousse. The dosage is low as a result of the high quality of the fruit and this is evident in their wines.
Devaux is one of the oldest Champagne producers, originally founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux. The house remained in the family for five generations until Jean-Pol Auguste Devaux, without an heir, sold it in 1987 to the Union Auboise, one of the biggest vineyard holders in the region with 1,480 hectares in the Aube and the Côte des Blancs.
Devaux’s control over its grape supply is a rarity in Champagne, an appellation where most brands purchase the majority of their production and means that they can reserve the best quality fruit for their own wines. The majority of the vineyards are located in the Aube, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, with a proportion of the Chardonnay being sourced from the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs to give liveliness and elegance.
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