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In 2007, an encounter between Champagne Devaux and Michel Chapoutier, from the Rhône Valley, gave birth to a daring idea of creating a rare vintage champagne: one that would faithfully capture the image of the vintage, every single year. Together they purchased a vineyard plot in the renowned village of Les Riceys, and decided to focus on wines aged in casks made from oak from the Champagne region. The name of the cuvée “Sténopé” comes from the French word for a pinhole camera: a simple optical device used at the very beginning of photography to capture an image of reality. The challenge of this unique champagne is, harvest upon harvest, to interpret a season, with all its unique characteristics. Only 3400 bottles and 620 magnums were produced for the vintage 2008 (one of Champagne’s greatest ever vintages). the sensational D de Devaux Rosé, which is aged for 5 years and scored 19/20 by Tom Stevenson in his 2014 Decanter article of Top 10 Rosés… just half a point less than the mythical Dom Perignon Rosé 2002.