The NV Extra Brut Dans un Premier Temps is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from Sézanne, 30% Pinot Noir from Avenay de Val d'Or in the Marne Valley and 20% Pinot Meunier from Cuis in the Côte des Blancs. The nose is open and immediately aromatic with creamy, ripe, mellow apple flesh, think crisply cut Red Delicious and porridge topped with fresh apple sauce. The palate hits that same apple mellowness, but plunges into salty resonance and depth. The fine mousse dissipates a little quickly but the saltiness and depth is exemplary, mouthwatering and appetizing. There is a lovely apple skin hint on the long finish. This is the last time Dhondt made this wine with this composition, future editions will have far more Sézannais fruit in them. Dosage is 3gr/L.

Anne Krebiehl - Vinous Media (92)