2007 Michel Loriot "Monodie Meunier" Extra Brut Champagne

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This is the new vintage of the Meunier old vines, previously called "Pinot Meunier Vieilles Vignes," with a new name, "Monodie Meunier." 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. The Meunier is typically a very full-bodied and powerful Champagne, yet finishing with great minerality. The Loriots like to serve it with parmesan, a cheese that is very much like it in flavor and bite!

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
The fruit for the “Monodie Meunier” comes from a single vineyard site that was planted during WWII in 1942. Not only is it incredible that someone planted a vineyard during the war, but they planted an incredible vineyard of massal selections vines that never got ripped out and replaced by clones as much of Champagne was in the 70’s. Its old vine character shines through with hints of smoke, salt and flint accompanied by flavors of quince, apple and cherry. This has fantastic structure and depth that will allow it to age gracefully in your cellar.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
I'm absolutely floored by this new bottling of the Monodie. The richness and complexity is through the roof compared to a couple of years ago. This one has really benefited from some time on the lees. A big dense nose of ultra high quality black and herbal teas, savory salted citrus, stone fruits and fruit preserves on the nose. Rich creamy textural and lengthy with a fabulous continued freshness on the finish which belies the savory and pointed nose. An absolute gem!!!

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2016 | Send Email
If you've read much of my writing (and I thank you for that), you'll probably have noticed that I'm a fan of alliteration. Is it the most refined of literary devices? No. But it's fun! Perhaps that is the first thing I noticed about this 2007 release from Michel Loriot; the seamless rhythm of the words "Monodie Meunier". However, it was quickly upon the first sip that I forgot about all the novelty of the naming. Now fully in my head was simply the amazing complexity of this single-vineyard bottling of 100% Pinot Meunier. Do you want raspberry and cherry? This has loads. Do you want seeing acidity that balances the richness? Good - cause it's here! The only other name I could think of for this (that sticks with the theme) would be IRRESISTIBLY IMPRESSIVE!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2015 | Send Email
Just when I thought it could not get any better after tasting Loriot's 08 Inspiration de Saison, Westby pours this wine...what!? This Champagne has it all: fruit purity, a generous palate, electrifying acidity. This is easily one of my favorite Champagnes of the year.

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