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Mousse Fils, Champagne L'Extra Or Perpetuelle Blanc de Noirs - Degorgement Tardif Brut , NV

$64.99

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cépage: 80% Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir | assemblage: 50% 2014, 50% 2003- 2013 | village/vineyard: Cuisles, Jonquery, Olizy, Châtillon-sur-Marne | malo: Yes | élevage: stainless steel | sur latte: 48 months

"The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs L'Extra Or Perpetuelle Dégorgement Tardif is a 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir blend made with a perpetual reserve that goes back to 2003. Interestingly, the combination of extended time on the lees, the older vintages in the blend and zero dosage bring out notable freshness and vitality in the orchard fruit and floral notes. This is such a distinctive Champagne. 92 points" -- AG

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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.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"The NV Perpetuelle Blanc de Noirs Degorgement Tardif L’Extra Or is a Champagne of extreme elegance and nuance, something I have not always seen in Cedric Mousse’s wines. Bright floral notes, orchard fruit and candied lemon peel add brightness to this wonderfully nuanced, mid-weight Champagne. The blend is 50% 2013 and 50% a perpetual reserve that goes back to 2003, 80% Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir. Dosage is 1 gram per liter. Disgorged: December 21, 2017. Taking the vegetal side of pinot meunier, with scents of red currants, lavender and celery root, this has zippy energy, a wine to target at monkfish braised with tomatoes."

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The latest release of Moussé's NV Extra-Brut L'Extra Or Dégorgement Tardif was disgorged in December 2017 with only one gram per liter dosage. It's based on the 2013 vintage, complemented by 50% of wine taken from a perpetual reserve that was started in 2003. The wine is showing brilliantly, wafting from the glass with aromas of toasted brioche, ripe yellow orchard fruit, honeycomb, praline and woodsmoke. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive, displaying terrific depth and tension, a delicate low-pressure mousse and a long, sapid finish. This is a super, characterful Champagne that is well worth the effort to seek out." -Robert Parker

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

grape variety 80% Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir
blend 50% 2016, 50% 2003-2015
village / vyd Cuisles, Jonquery, Châtillon-sur-Marne
malo Yes
maturing Stainless steel
sur latte 36+ Months
disgorgement March 2020

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Meunier , Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Elegant

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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