By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2009 | Send Email
Many of our customers have visited Launois and seen the incredible wine museum they have in Mesnil. Bernard Launois collects ancient presses, pumps, bottle molds, stills, equipment and memorabilia too numerous to remember, much less list. He is a true student of Champagne, and has become a curator of Champagne as well. His son-in-law, Benoit Marguet, describes him as a force of nature, and as those of you who have met him would be sure to agree, he has a bigger-than-life personality. His Champagnes are the fastest selling that we carry, and I find myself constantly apologizing for being out of stock, and I know this 2002 is going to be (like the 1996) one that I will be saying "sorry it's gone" far too many times. Cinnamon and I just enjoyed a bottle of this paired with some truffled salmon mousse that I made and some Gruyere Gougers that she baked. It is complete Champagne. But it is still wound up, with so much stuffing that the richness is obvious. The question that I am asking myself is "what is the Westby allocation?" I am sure that I won't buy enough!
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