2014 Mousse Fils, Special Club Brut Champagne, Meunier – Les Fortes Terres, Vallée de la Marne, France.
The brilliant 100% Meunier 2014 Special Club by Cedric Mousse, Champagne Mousse Fils’ 12th generation wine grower, is one of the most exciting Champagnes of the vintage so far and delivers a gorgeous performance in glass with vinous roundness and incredible minerally, this is a stunning bubbly. There is a lot to love from Mousee, especially if you are a Meunier freak, which is now an identity I embrace, Mousse was the very first all Meunier Special Club producer and their lineup from the clay and mineral rich soils in Vallee de la Marne are is one of the best I’ve tried that features this grape and they remind me of the more famous Jerome Prevost, but with their own unique flourish. This 2014, a Blanc de Noirs, is brisk and lively with a beautiful and refined mousse and elegant beading of the bubbles showing layers of lemon, apple, liquid mineral, wet stone, flinty notes, brioche and a delicate floral note along with a creamy texture and length that really impresses. This fine Meunier Special Club Brut is fresh and vibrant, but deepens and gets better and better with every sip, becoming a complex and thrilling sparkler that can be enjoyed on a special occasion and or with a meal, it has the depth to cover your needs and goes with a good range of cuisine.
The Mousse Special Club Brut, which is pure grower fizz, comes from the estate’s single vineyard Cuisle, with this bottling being 100% from the Les Fortes Terres Lieu-Dit and was fermented in all stainless and went through full malos with 36 months of lees aging. Mousse is working all sustainable with mostly all organic practices, with a holistic approach being used here with no pesticides and minimal use of copper to allow the vineyard to really express itself in the wines. Cedric, who has worked in Bordeaux at Pomerol’s Chateau Trocard as well as Napas Valley’s Freemark Abby built a new and modern winery at Mousse and adopted renewables with color and geothermal power sources, making him a pioneer in his region of Champagne, only about an hour or so east of Paris. Terry Theise, the grower producer Champagne guru and importer took his time, almost 6 years, to take a chance on this young winemaker and bring these Meunier based Champagnes to the united state, his first grower estate focused on Meunier, and is now a great believer in Mousse and the grape. I am a huge fan of this collection, especially this new Special Club, and his Les Vignes de Mon Village Brut Nature, which is one of my go to bubblies, if you’ve not had Mousse, now is the time to discover this awesome producer.
($110 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive