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Mousse Fils, Champagne "Terre d'Illite" Brut, 2014

$82.99

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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.

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

Grape varieties : 95% Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir
Assemblage: 100% 2013
Vineyard/Village: 100% Cuisles, from Illite soils (Green clay)
Location : yes
Elevage: Stainless steel
En Tirage Aging: 50 months

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Meunier , Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2014

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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