93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged in June 2018, the latest rendition of Delamotte's NV Blanc de Blancs is showing just as well as its immediate predecessor, offering up a classy bouquet of crisp green apple, citrus oil, brioche, toasted nuts and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fine-boned and elegant, with a crisp but charming core of fruit, lively acids and a precise, saline finish.
93pts Wine & Spirits
Rich in the middle while completely dry, this has the scent of chalk talc and the same austerity in its lively, crisp acidity. The fine effervescence gives it flash, while the sober, young chardonnay flavors carry the greenness of fresh English peas. If you open it now, you could pick up on that youthfulness next to a creamy spring pea soup with prosciutto.
93pts Wilfred Wong
The Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Champagne reminds me of a fresh ocean breeze. So delightful and full of life, this wine speaks of fresh fruit, bright minerality, and crisp acidity. The wine's decidedly lively finish requires at least a dozen oysters on the half shell. Drinks well now and I always like to enjoy this wine immediately after I acquire it. (Tasted: September 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
92pts Wine Enthusiast
Based in Mesnil-sur-Oger, this producer specializes in Chardonnay blanc de blancs. This nonvintage is a fine expression of the style, full of minerality softened by rich fruit, much of it from Grand Cru vineyards. A delicate wine, it's subtly fruity, with an enticing floral character.
92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sourced from the grand crus Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cramant and aged for four to five years on the lees, the Delamotte NV Blanc de Blanc offers a beautifully intense and chalky bouquet of ripe and fresh white fruits intertwined with brioche and blossom notes. The palate is tight and straight, revealing great finesse and elegance as well as Burgundian fruit flavors, followed by a long, firmly structured finish. Still young and somewhat austere, this energetic Blanc de Blancs will improve over the next two or more years. Rating: 92+
92pts James Suckling
Always tangy, clean and refined with a creamy texture and lightly cooked apple and pie-crust undertones. Medium body. Lovely texture and a long and flavorful finish. Drink now.
91pts Wine Spectator
This subtle Champagne offers a refined, creamy mousse and flavors of Asian pear, toasted almond and lemon parfait, underscored by chalky minerality. Elegant. 1,400 cases imported.
Like the dosage, the nose is notably restrained as well with its soft aromas of green apple, brioche, yeast and lemon zest. There is good verve to the delicious flavors where the underlying effervescence is really quite fine, all wrapped in a cool, pure, linear and markedly dry finale. This understated effort is an exercise in refinement and will likely best please those who enjoy more delicate examples.
Foremost a mineral wine, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV has textbook chalkiness; with time in the glass showing its complexity from the lees and white flesh fruit.
On its own, with fresh oysters, elegant saltwater fish or simply with fresh radishes with a touch of fleur de sel, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs is a versatile wine as an aperitif or at the table.