2005 Michel Loriot Vintage Brut Champagne

SKU #1073607

On the nose, a very subtle pie crust aroma frames pear and walnuts. This Loriot is medium bodied and fine, and the nutty palate gives way to a fresh, lifted finish. Michel Loriot makes great wine, and this 2005 vintage is another fabulous example. I find it to be the most effortless, elegant Meunier-based Champagne that I have ever tasted, and a real contrast to the powerful style of his great Meunier Old Vine. This wine is a blend of 80% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, fermented in enamel-lined, iron vats without malolactic. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
If you are looking for a bottle of rich vintage Champagne- look no further! The Wednesday night crew here at K&L polished one of these off last night and I was very impressed with the golden opulence of this 2005. Michel Loriot makes full bodied Champagne, and this is a great example of the style. If you love wines like Krug, but don't always have the budget, this is worth a try!

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
Those looking for a richer, more full-bodied style of champagne with balanced acidity should look here to Michel Loriot. The finesse and flavor of this wine are never lost to the round and supple fruit and barrel flavors. A sleeper in a section full of terrific products.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/8/2012  | Send Email
This vintage Champagne made from 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay shows the richness of the 2005 vintage without losing balance and structure. Aged for 5-6 years on the lees, it is open and inviting with aromas of lemon fig, graham cracker, honey, sweet cream, and hazelnut. The mousse is full and creamy, and the flavors mingle delightfully on the palate, with varying sweet and savory accents adding layers of complexity. This has all the richness and flavor development to satisfy the Clicquot set while simultaneously winning approval from even the geekiest of wine geeks (read: Joe, Gary). Enjoy tonight, for a special occasion or any occasion!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2012  | Send Email
Much richer than the non-vintage Loriot cuvee reserve, this almost pushes the limit of my tolerance for richness in a Champagne (consider the source though...I enjoy acidity at least as much as Westby does!) Regardless, the wine is still wonderfully balance, with lots of golden fruits and a biscuity quality as well. Very tasty champagne that's drinking great right now.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

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