Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve)

SKU #1059506 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of pear skin, melon, redcurrant and anise, with mineral and buttered toast accents. Deeply pitched orchard and pit fruit and red berry flavors are brightened by tangy acidity and pick up smokiness with air. Powerful but light on its feet, finishing with good thrust and lingering floral and spice qualities.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This all-estate grown Champagne is 100% Pinot Meunier from the village of Festigny. Unlike many "reserve" designation Champagnes, this lives up to its name with half of the wine coming from old reserves. It is quite round, with a wonderful pie crust and spice nose, with some hints of exotic fruit in the flavor. This is medium- to full-bodied Champagne and makes great drinking on its own as well as being fantastic with patés of all sorts. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
Exceptional quality for the money. Remarkably soft and elegant considering that the wine goes through no malo. Ripe orchard fruit and some softer stone fruit elements. Creamy lees texture and great persistence on the palate. One of our best values in all of Champagne.
Top Value!

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/2/2014  | Send Email
This Champagne is easily a top 5 staff favoirte. Made from 100% Pinot Meunier, this wine is full of pie crust richness and stone fruit. It is medium bodied, yet crisp and refreshing. A true crowd pleaser!

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2013  | Send Email
Apple, pie crust toastiness, chalky minerality with a beautiful, persistent bead and balanced acidity. This is the real deal, folks. I love this 100% Meunier, insanely affordable Champagne! Thank you, Gary Westby!
Top Value!

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2012  | Send Email
Exotic spice, tropical fruit and ripe citrus notes give this cuvee a fresh lifted air, but it stays true to its Meunier roots with a richness that keeps this champagne from being too angular.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2012  | Send Email
The Loriot cuvee reserve is showing just wonderfully right now. Aromatically, this is definitely on the spicy and appley side of Meunier based champagne, but with a crisp, bright quality (this wine does not go through malolactic). Soft bead, mouthwateringly delicious fruit, great style, what else could you ask for in a Champagne at this price? Without a doubt, this is one of my favorites in the store right now.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
This has become my favorite bargain DI Champagne. Round on the palate with that exotic fruit that you get from Pinot Meunier. It is yeasty in a doughy/cookie way with just a touch of spice.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/10/2011  | Send Email
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Produced totally from Pinot Meunier, this outstanding Champagne, a recent Gary Westby find, offers incredible richness and lushness both on its doughy, yeasty, nutty, and spicy perfumed nose and across its viscous, complex, well-focused palate. With all this Gem’s depth of flavor, it is still amazingly balanced with superb structure and length. You get a gondola full of great Champagne, here, for a ridiculously reasonable price. I would put this up against any of named Champagnes that are selling for $75.00 or more a bottle. The Guys (Anderson, Eby, The Beaner, and Rizzo) have informed me that this Gem will be our house Champagne for the holidays. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2011 to 2020

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/24/2011  | Send Email
I love this Champagne! It is distinctive and crowd-pleasing all at once. Made from 100% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne opens with a nose of pear and apple, which leads to a leesy palate and creamy, mouth-filling mousse and long, mineral-driven finish accented by a pleasing nutty spice. I have been a fan of this Champagne since it first arrived a year ago and it continues to impress me. It was a pleasure to meet the Loriots at our recent Champagne Tent event in Redwood City; I echo my colleages in my praise of this Champagne. It is a stunning bottle for the price.

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/4/2011  | Send Email
A wonderful Champagne that is made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes. It is medium bodied but has a nice roundness and subtle hint of nuts. The Loriot Reserve is dry and could be enjoyed alone or with lighter foods.I like this Champagne very much and am glad that we sell it at K&L.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2011  | Send Email
Oh so rich and spicy, and yet refined and delicate. How do they do this? Plenty of dried cherry notes but quite complex in flavor due to the reserve cuvées used to make this delicious Champagne. A perfect example of a champagne that would go absolutely great throughout a dinner. From start to finish!

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/28/2011  | Send Email
This bottle of bubbly delivers two fold, its palate brings fresh apples and rich nuttiness, not often found in the same bottle of champagne, with an elegant mouth feel and a lilting hint of spice. Then, it plays into my inner wine nerd by being one hundred percent estate grown Meunier! I love being able to taste a pure form of a certainly utilized grape, it really gives a shining example of what is this grape is capable of if treated with respect and an understanding wine makers hand.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/11/2010  | Send Email
Nutty richness right off the bat and plenty of acidity to balance it out. We've got another fantastic directly imported Champagne on our hands! At this price, I can see myself drinking Loriot into the new year and beyond. Tasty tasty wine that should appeal to those who like it crisp and those who like a bit more body - which is pretty much everyone!

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Alcohol Content (%): 12