2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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Only four cases available! This all-Chardonnay Champagne is very different from most that I have tried. Instead of coming from the pure chalk of the Côte des Blancs, it is all from Festigny, at the sources of the Flagot on the east facing slopes of the stream that runs through the village. It has a pretty white-gold color and great focus and minerality that balance out its extroverted nutty, flowery flavors and aromas. It has a very persistent and intriguing finish and, at only six grams per liter of dosage, makes a great aperitif. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/7/2014  | Send Email
To get 10-year-old wine this good for this price is a true coup on behalf of Gary Westby. There's no malolactic fermentation, so the acidity of this wine needed a decade of mellowing to finally balance out with the richness of lees aging. The result is a perfect juxtaposition of tart, mouth-watering acidity with rich, bready Champagne goodness. All for a very reasonable price. I'd take this over Dom P, or Cristal, any day of the week.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
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Really serious wine for Champagne enthusiasts. I did not realize what a stunning bottle of wine this was until a recent tasting with Gary Westby. 100% Chard with no malo so the intensity and drive of the fruit and minerality is preserved perfectly. Although this wine is labelled as an Extra Brut the extended 8 years on the lees has given it fantastic richness, texture and density. This is not a super lean wine as some Extra Brut bottlings can be, it has layers, powerful presence and so much depth and complexity. For me this wine is in the sweet spot where you still have vibrant fruit and soil purity shinning through, but also plenty of intriguing autolytic yeasty qualities. A bottle that is really worth your consideration for a mere $50!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/5/2014  | Send Email
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Like the "Palmyre" the Sources du Flagot is dosaged at 6 grams per liter. The result is a rich nose with hints of butterscotch and baked apples. It is a fairly rich wine despite the dosage, but it has a long, dry finish. If you like Brut Champagne, but are looking to branch out and try lower dosage wines, this is definitely your place to start!

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Chardonnay

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12