Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne

SKU #1022679

This fantastic Champagne comes from the villages of Pierry and Moussy in the sud-Epernay sub-region of Champagne. Bruno Michel has been organic since 1999, and five of his 37.5 acres are farmed biodynamically. This Champagne is composed of 53% Meunier and 47% Chardonnay, 70% from the 2006 harvest, 14% from the 2005 harvest and 16% from 2004. It is one of the most balanced Champagnes in our stock, with an effortless quality that is almost impossible to describe or resist. It has great toast and spiced apple aromas and flavors and a crisp dry finish. It is dosed at a very light nine grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/28/2014  | Send Email
Such an amazing champagne for such an extraordinary price! This champagne is one of my favorites regardless of how low the price is, but when you factor in how beautiful this wine is for only $34.99, you wonder if its too good to be true!!! So incredibly delicate and elegant with such subtle layers, you wonder if its too sophisticated for everyone to understand.

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2014  | Send Email
The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
This 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Meunier blend, which is aged over four years on the lees, remains one of my all-time favorite Champagnes we stock here at K&L. This dry bubbly is rich and full with wonderful sweetness to the spiced apple fruit. The finish is so long, complex and persistent you will compare it to bottles costing three to four times as much. Super quality and super bang for the buck here.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
UPDATE... This recent batch, based on the 2006 vintage, with an incredible 6 years of time on the lees (good luck finding another Champagne for this price with as much lees ageing and overall balance), is damn good. As always the nose is bright, pure and friendly, inviting. On the palate there fruit is bigger and spicier than I recall, but still balanced by fresh acidity due to Bruno Michel's cooler vineyard sites. I have a review from a previous disgorgement below for some context: This is arguably, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most versatile and satisfying Champagne in the store. So bright tasting, with good minerality and delicious, juicy fruit. A colleague put it well when she called this champagne "friendly." I completely agree. It is indeed friendly, without sacrificing originality or wine geek appeal. One to always have on hand around the house (especially if you're inviting me over!)

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
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I really like this wine, the nose is bursting with spiced apple brioche that just explodes out of your glass (use a BIG glass like we do, no flutes!)and continues on across the palate. The Blanche has such a unique expression of high acid and richness coupled with lots of age you can please edgy purists and those looking for more richness. Excellent finish, supple mousse, such a deal for the price!
Drink from 2014 to 2016

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
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Stunning wine. Racy, pure, mineral infused Champagne with endless drive and verve. This wine always has such focus and vibrancy. Not a heavy toasty wine, rather one that has elegance, beautiful length and persistence on the palate. A fantastic aperitif wine with mouthwatering acidity and freshness. You need to try this Champagne for your next dinner party, it is very hard to beat at this price.
Top Value!

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/2/2013  | Send Email
I am just one in a long line of staff members at K&L to fall head over heels for this wine. It is the balance of mineral freshness with the pure and elegant fruit qualities that really set this wine apart. Great for the wine geek, and any sort of setting. Really delicious.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/20/2013  | Send Email
I drank this fantastic Champagne on my birthday on Tomales bay - eating oysters’ right out of the beds where they grew, and I drank it out of magnum with caviar on New Years Eve 2008/2009. This wine is very worthy of the most special occasions despite its reasonable price; it is silky yet bracing, complex yet gulpable - it really has it all. It is a truly affordable luxury!
Top Value!

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/30/2013  | Send Email
Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/24/2012  | Send Email
This has been my recent number one go-to champagne: I had a bottle with a friend at dinner, and then 2 days later had another to start a party, and I am buying a third tonight just because! Pretty spiced apple, white flowers, and citrus, with medium acid & a fine bubble structure. Very pleasant and quite friendly for such a complex wine. A lot of fun as a conversation starter at a cocktail party!
Top Value!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2012  | Send Email
This is my quintessential Holiday Party Champagne, and it aims to please! Not too big and over-the-top, and not to light and lean either, its just right! Made from almost half Chardonnay and half Pinot Meunier graps giving it lots of depth and great texture on the palate. This is the bell of the ball as far as I'm concerned. This lovely bubbly is feminine yet sexy and bold at the same time. Its bright and fresh character gives it a friendly quality that can be sipped on and enjoyed all day and all night long! This is heaven in a flute!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
For longtime fans of Moet White Star or Veuve Cliquot this is the perfect introduction to grower producer Champagnes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from Pierry south of Epernay, the Bruno Michel "Cuvee Blanche" offers lightly toasty, classic "brioche" character, a creamy texture, and crisp, ripe apple notes supported by a firm mineral backbone. This is superb Champagne at a great price.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2012  | Send Email
What a wonderful wine. Elegant but bold, powerful yet sensitive. Delicious!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2011  | Send Email
This is one of the best non-vintage bubbles we have. Complex and dry, this does not need a special occasion!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2011  | Send Email
Whether you are looking for a special bottle to pop open to toast an occasion, or to give as a gift to a Champagne-loving friend, few options rival the Bruno Michel Blanche Brut in balance, sophictication and class for the price. Lemon curd and subtle toasty notes on the nose lead to a layered palate held together by mouthwatering acidity and layers of leesy flavors. Dry and incredibly balanced.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2010  | Send Email
Balanced and elegant style. If you are looking for a delightful champagne that is so perfectly balanced that a bottle disappears in an instant, look no further.

 By: Ryan Owen |  Review Date: 10/20/2012 
Pure, bright, clean- if she were a girl, I'd name her Sunshine. Too much fun for $35. My day was brighter because I opened her.

 By: Susan Purnell |  Review Date: 2/21/2009 
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The Bruno Michel Blanche Brut is one of my favorite Champagnes to always have in my home. It is light and fresh and not too acidic and one that everyone can enjoy. Perfect with a nice fresh crab salad or to just to sip on before dinner!

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12
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