N.V. Mousse Fils, Les Vignes de Mon Village, Blanc de Meunier, Brut Champagne, Vallee de la Marne, France.
One of my Champagnes is the Mousse, especially their Les Vignes de Mon Village 100% Pinot Meunier, which is wonderfully expressive and full of round mineral driven grace with it’s own unique character and style that highlights it’s terroir and it’s single varietal flavors. This batch was from 50% 2014 and 50% 2015 with a 24 month en triage on the lees and went through full malos from vines in the Cuisles zone, and it was aged exclusively in stainless steel vats. Cedric Mousse is the twelfth generation here and the Mousse name has graced Champagne labels since 1923, he has himself made wines in California and Bordeaux working at Freemark Abby in Napa Valley and Chateau Trocard in Pomerol, before returning to Champagne to take over the family house in around 2004, and very quickly he was invited to join the Special Club for his efforts and he has brought a more organic approach to the farming, with no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers to give the vines a more health environment. The Champagnes by Mousse are always vivid and vibrant with a steely charm and a gorgeous textural mouth feel, they are elegant offerings of Meunier. This bottling, imported by the famed Terry Theise, is an excellent bubbly with crisp detail and a creamy mousse with small beading bubbles that are subtle, but luxurious with a liquid mineral element to go with a dense palate of lemon, green apple, golden fig, stone fruit-white cherry, wet rock, hazelnut and delicate yeasty bread dough/brioche note. This smoothly focused Champagne is my perfect #ChampagneDay pick and drinks great right now!
($70 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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