Domaine Dehours & fils can be found in Cerseuil (Mareuil-le-Port), a tiny village on the south bank in the center of the Marne valley that stretches west of Épernay. This area is well suited for meunier: this late growing grape variety has a good resistance to spring frost, a risky factor that grape growers often have to deal with. Calling fourth generation wine producer Jerôme Dehours a 'master of meunier' is not an exaggeration: two thirds of this vineyards consist of meunier.
The domain's wine land is spread out over 42 plots between the villages Mareuil-le-Port, Troissy and Oeuilly. With their differences in soil, altitude, age, sun exposure and planted varieties they form a richly varied starting point for the Dehours champagnes.
Working with the sustainability certification HVE3, Jerôme Dehours likes the experiment. In 1998 he started a réserve perpétuelle, a solera system in which older and younger vintages are blended continuously. This reserve wine adds a complex, layered flavour to champagnes like Grande Réserve and Les Vignes de la Vallée.
In addition to that Dehours produces several champagnes from grapes grown in specific vineyards: single vineyard or lieu-dit champagnes like Maisoncelle and Brisefer. They show that terroir is a prominent factor, also in the Champagne region. It also shows in the still wines, bottled under the term côteaux champenois.
Aficionados of aged, developed flavours will be delighted by the oenotèque champagnes: their time in cellar was extended by several years.
Dehours champagnes can be described as earthy, dry, savoury, layered and above all: exciting. Serve them at the table: they are wonderful food companions.