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One of the absolute top establishments on the Côte des Blancs with extremely reliable quality, to be found on many wine lists of top gastronomy worldwide.
The Diebolts began to produce their own champagne at the beginning of the 19th century. Jacques Diebolt took over the helm in 1959, the marriage with Nadia Vallois gave the domain its second part of the name and additional vineyards.
One reason for the exceptional quality of Diebolt champagnes is the ownership of some of the most valuable parcels and vineyards in the best locations in Cramant, as well as in Chouilly, Cuis and Epernay. Some of the plots were planted as early as 1950; the vines for the house's top cuvées grow here. In 2016-2018, more valuable Grand Cru plots were added, so that production could be increased from 125,000 to 150,000 bottles.
Another reason for the constant quality may be due to the family roots: The grandfather of Jacques Diebolt (originally an Alsatian and cavalry officer), M. Crépaux, ran a strict regiment in the domain. Its production was small, but top notch and well respected. To this day, the Diebolts are trying to maintain this standard. If Jacques wanted to usher in a new era with steel and enamel tanks when he took over, he has meanwhile returned to large wooden pots and old barriques, just as his grandfather did. Jacques is now supported in the winery by his children Arnaud and Isabelle.
Slim, elegant and pure: Diebolt’s champagnes are archetypal for the expression of the northern Côte des Blancs. They can reach enormous complexity and are extremely storable. Fleur de Passion is one of the best champagnes in the entire region.
Some may be surprised that Diebolt-Vallois lost its status from R.M. to N.M. has changed. However, this only happened to have the opportunity to buy grapes from a family member in Cuis, Guy Vallois, the father of Jacques Diebolt's wife. Many smaller producers now take these decision because they find it more sensible to buy grapes from the same terroir than to buy a new vineyard in a completely different location. Even the N.M. Standard has not changed the fact that Diebolt-Vallois is a small, highly agricultural family business.
Facts: N.M., Cramant, Côte des Blancs, 11 ha., 150,000 bottles