Mousse Fils, Champagne Meunier Special Club Lieu Dit Les Fortes Terres Brut, 2014 (1.5L)

$329.00

Special Club is a producer run organization designed to identify and showcase the greatest wines of its grower-members under one label. Cedric Moussé was the first to make a 100% Pinot Meunier back in 2005 and continues to do so almost every year. This is made from a vineyard in Cuisles that is steep, with illite, a unique green mica inflected clay soil imparting a rich, ripe, fruity, citrus, and spicy finish.

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Mousse Fils

Pinot Meunier has always played "third fiddle" to Champagne's power couple, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Growers always liked having it around because it buds later than PN and Chard, which means it's less likely to be damaged by the late frosts that can hit Champagne so far north--especially in the Marne Valley. For growers it meant diversification. For drinkers, on the other hand, it was an unglamorous variety that often came across as rustic or rough-edged. But that perception has been changing. Culty producers like Jerome Prevost and Raphael Bereche make highly sought-after Meunier-based wines. And even below the superstar level there's a whole generation of small growers who have started putting out really delicious Meunier-focused champagnes that don't break the bank. Cedric Moussé is a classic example. When he took over the family estate in 2003 he was the 12th generation to run things. He practices organic farming and makes wines that are precise, savory, and bright-fruited, with no oak influence. They show Meunier's pretty side: purity of fruit, white flowers, subtle herbal tones, and they show its terroir transparency, with clear mineral signatures. Terry Theise started importing Moussé around 5 years ago and in that time the producer has just gotten stronger and stronger. These new wines are the best we've seen and the pricing remains truly remarkable for a grower of this quality

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Champagne

  • Vintage

    2014

  • Size

    1.5L

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied