Grapelive: Wine of the Day April 21, 2019

nv Moussé Fils, Champagne “L’Or d’Eugene” Solera Blanc de Noirs Brut, Vallee de la Marne, France -photo grapelive

nv Moussé Fils, Champagne “L’Or d’Eugene” Solera Blanc de Noirs Brut, Vallee de la Marne, France.
The beautiful and distinctive Moussé Fils “L’Or d’Eugene” Solera Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne, a cuvee of 95% Meunier and 5% Pinot Noir was uniquely crafted from 50% 2015 vintage with 24 months of En Tirage (lees aging) and 50% from a solar reserve blend that came from between 2003 and 2014 wines all with malos and all being raised in stainless steel. Cedric Moussé is the fourth generation vigneron for this grower producer Champagne house which was founded back in 1923 and is fast becoming a star in the region. Moussé Fils, imported by famed grower producer guru Terry Theise, is one of my new favorite Champagne houses fitting in nicely between Pascal, Mignon, Savart and VIlmart to name a few and Cedric Moussé, who is all organic, has done a masterful job with his latest set of releases, including this tasty bubbly treat. This is certainly not your average Champagne and it is best enjoyed with serious food and slowly savored.

Grown on the region’s jurassic era chalky soils and from the estate’s mostly Meunier sites in the villages of Cuisles, Jonquery, Olizy and Châtillon-sur-Marne this intriguing Champers shows a ripe dimension and complex layers on the palate with wonderful finesse and a creamy mousse, it is an elegant and round wine. subtle stoniness and liquid mineral charms in the mouth along with lemon, golden fig, clove spice with hints of peach, white cherry and bread dough (brioche) as well as adding a whiff of rosewater and hazelnut. Everything feels polished and rich with a lovely texture that is elevated by the refreshing pop of the beading small bubbles. This is captivating grower fizz that will really appeal to the fringe enthusiast of soulful Champagne lovers, while Veuve and Prosecco guzzlers might not appreciate the density and depth of form here and the fact this a meal wine style bubbly not a cocktail aperitif. This is the real deal, but I also love the Moussé single village 100% Meunier no dosage Les Vignes de Mon Village Blanc de Meunier, be sure to search out these great sparklers!
($45 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive