2006 Michel Loriot "Pinot Meunier Vieilles Vignes" Brut Champagne

SKU #1073606 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Highly perfumed aromas of pear, ripe citrus fruits, musky herbs and white flowers. Juicy, penetrating and precise, offering intense blood orange, poached pear and buttered toast flavors and a touch of tarragon. Closes chewy and very long, with lasting spice and floral notes.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Rated *Outstanding Plus* by the Underground Wine Letter, which writes " It is light yellow in color with a faint golden hue and has a lovely perfume of spice, apple, and baked bread. On the palate it is rich and creamy but balanced by a citrus mineral tinge. The flavors hint of citrus, apple, and spice with a brioche like undertone and the finish is long and lingering." This stunning, single-vineyard Champagne is one of the best we carry at K&L. It comes from the l'Arpent vineyard, which is slightly less than one acre in the village of Festigny. The vines were planted in 1942 and come from an old massal selection of Meunier. Michel Loriot makes only 3,000 or 4,000 bottles of this, his top wine, in vintages that he considers good enough. Otherwise this juice goes into the other blends. This light gold color wine has the kind of streamers that I could watch all day, they seem slowed in their travel up from the bottom of the glass by the richness of the wine. The exotic spice on the nose leads to a surprisingly creamy flavor. The Meunier Vieilles Vignes is very full-bodied and powerful Champagne, yet finishes with great minerality. The Loriots like to serve it with parmesan, a cheese that is very much like it in flavor and bite! When I tasted this with the Loriots, Michel decanted it 1/2 hour ahead of time! This has a great finish, and is another must try for any real fan of Champagne. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2013 | Send Email
The aromas of the PMVV are incredible -- freshly cut pears, lots of citrus, bready accents. I'm becoming more and more of believer in Loriot the more we taste his wines. The quality is always top-notch for what you pay. The palate follows up on the wonderful nose and delivers all the flavor you were promised on the front end. A smoking deal.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2013 | Send Email
This wine makes a statement for Meunier with its authoritative, clean mineral driven flavor profile. This is a misunderstood variety, and makes wines that are every bit as diverse, interesting and noble as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Champagne. The Michel Loriot Pinot Meunier Vieilles Vignes shows that with the right selection (this vineyard is a massal planted in 1943), the right site and the right producer Meunier is not simple, fruity and meant to just be drunk young. This is one of the best single vineyard expressions available from Champagne, and should not be missed.
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2011 | Send Email
In the typical Champagne blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, it is Pinot Meunier that is the odd man out, the perennial third wheel. Many of the largest Champagne houses don't even include it in their blends. However, when yields are kept low, particularly in the case of older vines, it can produce wines of stunning complexity. The wines of Michel Loriot, one of our newest grower producers, are all 100% Pinot Meunier. This is his very best wine, wonderfully rich, dense and complex, with a signature spiciness that is the hallmark of great Pinot Meunier. A rare treat, and a tremendous value.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2011 | Send Email
Mr. Loriot has continued to impress all of us here at K&L with his stunning Champagne. His old vine Meunier is astonishingly rich and complex but that richness is so perfectly balanced with notes of citrus and mineral that round this wine out to be somethign very special indeed. Depth, complexity and freshness all wrapped up in one beautiful glass of bubbles.

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