Delamotte is the alter ego, if you like, of Salon, that rare bird of the Cote des Blancs. The company does have 11 ha of its own vines (in Le Mesnil, Oger, and Avize) and makes a number of its own purchases, but it also inherits all of the Salon wine not required by Salon- which, in years when Salon doesn’t declare, means the entire harvest.
Like Salon, it is owned by Laurent-Perrier; indeed it was at Delamotte that the great Bernard de Nonancourt began his career after his distinguished war years ( at the time, Delamotte was a larger house than Laurent-Perrier). The fresh, smoky non-vintage Brut is 50% Chardonnay from Mesnil, Avize, and Oger, plus 30% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Ambonnay and Bouzy; it lies on its lees for three years. The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs was in 2002, 30% 1996 with 70% 1997, giving a wine of powdery, sweet-blossom purity but also palate-slicing acid levels; the 1995 vintage Blanc de Blancs has had six years ageing, by contrast, and this (plus the riper vintage) gives a fuller, more statuesque style. In theory, Delamotte undergoes malolactic fermentation whereas Salon does not, which implies that the eventual destiny of all raw materials is swiftly decided after malolactic fermentation - Andrew Jefford - The New France