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The Diebolt and Vallois families have a distinguished history in the Côte des Blancs. The Vallois family has been growing vines in Cuis since the 15th century; the grandfather of current proprietor Jacques Diebolt began making estate bottled champagne at the beginning of the 20th century. Champagne Diebolt-Vallois was created in 1960, when Jacques married Nadia Vallois and incorporated some of the vineyard holdings that belonged to the Vallois family into the Diebolt estate. The vineyard...
Fleur de Passion is the jewel in the range from the house of Diebolt-Vallois. Fermented and aged in barrels, it is only made in the very best years.
The grapes come from 7 or 8 plots of old vines planted on hillsides - especially the fields known as Les Buzons - in the village of Cramant (village classed 100% Grand Cru). These vines are all over 40 years old and many have been there for 60 years or longer. Yields are low. The soil consists of a thin layer of earth over a chalk base. The overall exposure is to the East-South-East.
Alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrels, and malolactic fermentation, filtration and fining are all avoided. Anything which might stress the wine is prohibited, so that the terroir can express itself as fully as possible. The wine is aged in burgundy 1-wine barrels. This is an "old style", traditional champagne.