2005 Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #1125453 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Piquant toasted nuts and zesty grapefruit and orange rinds inflect a juicy matrix of apple and pineapple in Moncuit’s 2005 Brut Blanc de Blancs, with that nuttiness segueing into a mouthwateringly maritime amalgam of chalk, kelp and sweet-saline savor of Dungeness crab. Richly textured yet buoyant, and with subtle tartness and generous juiciness deployed to render each sip both invigorating and demanding of the next, this is certainly a great success for its vintage. That having been noted, I would plan on monitoring bottles carefully if I were going to hold any for more than another year, because after this beauty had sat open overnight, there emerged a faint aura of potato such as has come to be associated with the unfortunate turn taken by so many 2005s on their way to disgorgement.  (11/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. High-pitched, mineral-driven scents of candied citrus fruits, quinine, jasmine and buttered toast, with a subtle anise quality building with air. Tightly focused and linear on entry, then richer in the mid-palate, offering spicy poached pear and lemon curd flavors and a touch of fresh fig. Shows plenty of nerve on the finish, which clings with strong, gently toasty tenacity.  (11/ 2013)

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By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/20/2013  | Send Email
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We always know to pay attention when our Champagne buyer, Gary, says we need to try something. The Moncuit Delos BdB 2005 was one of those and how fantastic is this. A vintage Mesnil of this quality at this price is a rare find. Spectacular focus and balance - white peach and minerals with a lingering tangerine finish. Rounder than the NV, and less opulent than the VV, this marks a sweet spot in Grand Cru Champagne you could expect to pay twice as much for. Treat yourself on your next special occasion and you won't regret it.
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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/20/2013  | Send Email
This Champagne has an immensely creamy nose with hints of brioche and ripe pear. On the palate it shows the best of the 2005 harvest in Champagne with plenty of exotic, candied fruit and fancy pastry dough. This is rich and full bodied blanc de blancs and has a very good finish, which is focused but not austere in any way. I can’t wait to try this with some scallops!
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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Chardonnay

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