Michel Loriot "Authentic" Brut Champagne (previously Cuvee Reserve) (1.5L)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made entirely from pinot meunier): 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.
Champagne always tastes better from magnum! This all-estate grown Champagne is 100% 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 pates of all sorts. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)