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Jose Dhondt Blanc De Blancs Brut

"José Dhondt (pictured) is a third-generation winegrower, currently at the helm of this small estate on the main road in Oger. Dhondt’s grandfather came to the Champagne region from Belgium in 1924; José himself has been making wine here since 1976, after returning to the family estate in 1973 following his military service. Dhondt owns five hectares of vines, primarily in Oger but also a little in the neighboring village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and also in Saudoy in the Sézanne, where he grows both chardonnay and pinot noir. His winemaking facility is located on the outskirts of the village, housing a traditional Coquard vertical press along with a full array of temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks that he uses for fermentation. Malolactic is always carried out, to balance the naturally high acidity of the Côte des Blancs chardonnay." -Peter Liem, Champagne Guide [+]