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  1. BERECHE 2016 EXTRA BRUT RIVE GAUCHE

    Item #: i_377447
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ‘Rive Gauche’ is an organic/biodynamic Blanc de Noirs made from 100% Pinot Meunier. The wine is intense, vibrant, and loaded with flavors of tart red fruits, crushed wet stones, toasted brioche, and flower petals. According to the Bérêches, this wine is inspired by the ‘spirit of Bohemian Paris.’ We’ll drink to that.
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  2. CAZE-THIBAUT 2016 EXTRA BRUT NATURELLEMENT

    Item #: i_376412
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Champagne Naturellement by Cazé-Thibaut is the result of biodynamically farmed, 100% Meunier grapes harvested in Châtillon-sur-Marne, a village located in Vallée de la Marne. Vinification occurs for 50% in fût de chêne and 50% in steel tanks for this rare Champagne Blanc de Meunier - particularly vertical, where acidity, minerality and fine perlage invite champagne lovers to sip it.
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    was $52.95 Special Price $44.98
  3. EGLY-OURIET BRUT VRIGNY 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_326780
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The NV Brut Premier Cru Les Vignes de Vrigny is a very unique expression of 100% Pinot Meunier that emerges with an enticing array of licorice, mint, flowers and dried pears. This deceptively mid-weight wine offers lovely depth and a long, resonating finish. With time in the glass the wine grows more and more beautiful. While this Champagne shows more than enough complexity to offer fine drinking today, there is also plenty of minerality to provide at least a few years of cellaring for readers who prefer wines with a little more time on the cork. This bottling spent 36 months on its lees and was disgorged in July, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012. Egly-Ouriet remains one of Champagne's leading cult growers. From top to bottom these wines impress with their inimitable class. A non-interventionalist approach in the vineyards and cellar, old-vine parcels in top vineyards and long lees-aging are some of the qualities that define these sublime Champagnes. This is a phenomenal demonstration of the heights that the oft-maligned Pinot Meunier grape can reach in Champagne when the right terroir is coupled with masterful vineyard management and winemaking. 70% from the outstanding 2002 vintage, this black grape beauty is fashioned from 40 plus year-old vines on terrain that is a virtual extension of the Montagne de Reims. "Vrigny" spends three years sur lattes and is finished with minimal dosage. It is singular cuvées like "Vrigny", that gives Egly-Ouriet its strong cult following."
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    was $84.95 Special Price $65.98
  4. JANISSON BARADON 2012 EXTRA BRUT TUE BOEUF

    Item #: i_378965
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A single vineyard Premier Cru Champagne from the "Tue Boeuf" site near Epernay. The parcel was planted more than 50 years ago entirely to Pinot Noir. For the 2012 harvest yields were a minuscule 30 hl/ha. Malolactic fermentation was blocked and the wine was matured for eight to twelve months in used barriques prior to the second fermentation. Dosage was just two gram per liter.
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    was $69.95 Special Price $59.98
  5. MOUSSE EXTRA BRUT "L'OR D'EUGENE" PERPETUELLE BLANC DE NOIRS

    Item #: i_377242
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    The first decades of this century have really seen Pinot Meunier (also know more simply as Meunier), Champagne's long maligned grape, emerge from the shadows. This new found respect was brought about by the excellence achieved in Meunier-based bottlings like Chartogne-Taillet's "Les Barres", Egly-Ouriet's "Les Vignes de Vrigny" and perhaps most importantly by Mousse Fils Special Club. It was that wine's 2005 bottling that rocked the Champagne world by being the very first 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne to earn acceptance by the prestigious Club de Viticulteurs Champenois (a.k.a. Club Tresor and Special Club). In 1971, a group of the best small growers in Champagne banded together to create their own version of a prestige cuvee. While they didn't have the big houses' blending possibilities, they did have something else: perfectly tended vines in some of Champagne's finest individual terroirs. To make the most of this, they formed an exclusive association resolved to making the highest quality possible from their own vines and then releasing it in specially designed and labeled bottles, vintage-dated only. The standards that the group adopted are so demanding that there are currently only about two dozen members out of the approximately 5000 growers in Champagne.

    Since his break through with the 2005 Special Club, Cedric Mousse has gone from strength to strength, and it is fair to say that no one has done more to put Meunier on the Champagne map than Monsieur Mousse. Cedric's estate is situated just an hour east of Paris in Champagne's Vallee de la Marne on the outskirts of the pastoral hamlet of Cuisles. In Cuisles Meunier is King, and local wine brokers refer to it as a "Grand Cru of Meunier". The vineyards here are exceptionally steep and are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Champagne. The village is positioned between Chatillon-sur-Marne and Jonquery, where there is a vein of soil called Illite, a very special green clay that's quite rare in the Marne. The illite helps with water management, collecting moisture to prevent vines from becoming overly stressed in drought periods. Mousse Fils crafts an extensive line of worthy Champagnes but we have selected these two high-scorers as a fitting introduction to the Meunier Mastery of Cedric Mousse.

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "A blend of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir drawn from a solera established in 2003, the latest rendition of Moussé's NV Brut Blanc de Noirs L'Or d'Eugène was disgorged in June 2019 with four grams per liter dosage. Wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, mirabelle plum, candied peel and fresh pastry, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with a rich and sapid core of fruit, lively acids and a delicate pinpoint mousse."
    Disgorged 11/18/2019 with a dosage of 4 grams per liter.

    IMPORTER'S NOTES - "I’m sure we’ll start referring to this as “Lord Eugene” at some point, we’re such wags. It replaces/updates the old NV (which was called “Noire Reserve); based on 2013 with a perpetual reserve going back to 2003, deg 12/2105, it’s 80% Meunier and 20% PN. The aroma is refined, friendly but not ingratiating; on the palate it’s a superb Blanc de Noirs, diligent, structured, fruity but not gushing, disciplined but not severe. I think and have always thought it’s the ideal for Meunier NV; thoroughly delicious but not an avalanche of chocolate and pumpernickel." —Terry Theise
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    was $47.95 Special Price $44.98
  6. MOUSSE EXTRA BRUT LES VIGNES DE MON VILLAGE

    Item #: i_375414
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    IMPORTER'S NOTES-"100% Meunier, and a lower pressurage. It is, touchingly, a tribute to Cédric’s father, who was mayor of Cuisles and who “loved Cuisles.” 50-50 2014-2015...zero dosage; it’s a rugged, muscular Meunier, showing more locality than fruit. Water drains into the soil’s third layer, the green clay Illite, which occurs nowhere else in Champagne. If you want a solid contained Champagne (and fear a drop of sweetness will kill you) this one’s pretty impressive." —Terry Theise
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  7. MOUSSE FILLS 2014 BRUT SPECIAL CLUB 100% MEUNIER

    Item #: i_379384
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 92
    The first decades of this century have really seen Pinot Meunier (also know more simply as Meunier), Champagne's long maligned grape, emerge from the shadows. This new found respect was brought about by the excellence achieved in Meunier-based bottlings like Chartogne-Taillet's "Les Barres", Egly-Ouriet's "Les Vignes de Vrigny" and perhaps most importantly by Mousse Fils Special Club. It was that wine's 2005 bottling that rocked the Champagne world by being the very first 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne to earn acceptance by the prestigious Club de Viticulteurs Champenois (a.k.a. Club Tresor and Special Club). In 1971, a group of the best small growers in Champagne banded together to create their own version of a prestige cuvee. While they didn't have the big houses' blending possibilities, they did have something else: perfectly tended vines in some of Champagne's finest individual terroirs. To make the most of this, they formed an exclusive association resolved to making the highest quality possible from their own vines and then releasing it in specially designed and labeled bottles, vintage-dated only. The standards that the group adopted are so demanding that there are currently only about two dozen members out of the approximately 5000 growers in Champagne.

    Since his break through with the 2005 Special Club, Cedric Mousse has gone from strength to strength, and it is fair to say that no one has done more to put Meunier on the Champagne map than Monsieur Mousse. Cedric's estate is situated just an hour east of Paris in Champagne's Vallee de la Marne on the outskirts of the pastoral hamlet of Cuisles. In Cuisles Meunier is King, and local wine brokers refer to it as a "Grand Cru of Meunier". The vineyards here are exceptionally steep and are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Champagne. The village is positioned between Chatillon-sur-Marne and Jonquery, where there is a vein of soil called Illite, a very special green clay that's quite rare in the Marne. The illite helps with water management, collecting moisture to prevent vines from becoming overly stressed in drought periods. Mousse Fils crafts an extensive line of worthy Champagnes but we have selected these two high-scorers as a fitting introduction to the Meunier Mastery of Cedric Mousse.

    This is 100-percent Pinot Meunier Special Club hails from four select parcels from the Les Fortes Terres vineyard in Cuisles. The warm, south-facing exposure of the site usually renders memorable Champagnes that are silky and full-bodied with plenty of depth. This 2014 edition is no exception as this review suggests:

    VINOUS MEDIA 92 POINTS - "The 2014 Brut Special Club Les Fortes Terres shows a more overt side of Meunier. Apricot, orange peel, chamomile, almond and spice notes are all kicked up a notch in this decidedly rich, sumptuous Champagne. Moreover, the Fortes Terres really stands out in this range for its bold, forward personality. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged: November 18, 2018."
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    was $105.95 Special Price $94.98

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