2013-14 International Wine Challenge awards for CWM: Large Independent Merchant of the Year UK; Regional Merchant of the Year: Eastern England; Fortified Specialist Merchant of the Year UK.
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IWC Merchant of the Year 2012

Cambridge Wine Merchants

International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!

also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK

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However we do run a waiting list for sold-out tastings (and they nearly always sell out) - if you need to cancel we'll try our best to sell your place on to the waiting list.

8.00 pm

Champagne Paul Dethune Tasting hosted by Sophie Dethune


We will be taking this tasting back to our Bridge Street Wine Bar.


Déthune is one of the oldest family growers in the first-rate Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, where they have farmed and made wine since the early 1600s.


The village is famous for big serious Champagnes which can age for decades, and of course for Krug’s esteemed Clos d’Ambonnay walled vineyard which produces one of all Champagnes greatest wines – at £1500 a bottle, you’d hope so! 

The Déthunes started as growers in the early 1800s and began to make their own Champagne in the 1930s. 

The vineyards are planted in the ratio of 70% Pinot Noir to 30% Chardonnay and are farmed on organic principles – and hold the highest level HEV (High Environmental Value) certificate for sustainable viticulture. This immaculate 7 hectare domaine goes from strength to strength. Pierre and Sophie Déthune are friends of the Fournys and this Ambonnay domaine is amongst the loveliest and best cared for in the whole of Champagne.

The Champagnes are vinified in a mix of stainless steel cuves, foudres and 205 litre barrels, the oak all being sourced from local forests. Their wines are deep, rich and full, but with lovely freshness and elegance. They also put the date of disgorging on the back of each bottle, which is never less than three years prior to release, which again underlines their attention to detail. These are all very fine mouthfilling wines and as Michael Edwards says, “Pierre Déthune intelligently adopts tradition to craft wines of exuberance and vinosity.” 

We are very fortunate that Sophie Déthune will be with us to entertain and taste through her range of super-classy Champagnes.

Wines on show:

Grand Cru Brut NV

Millésime 2008

Cuvée Prestige Princesse des Thunes Grand Cru Brut NV

Cuvée à l’Ancienne Grand Cru Brut NV

Champagne Rosé Grand Cru Brut NV

Ratafia Champenois

This promises to be a fun and educational evening with some seriously impressive Champagnes on show!

See you there!


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