Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne (Previously $40)

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This cuvee was blended specifically to be a zero dosage (no sugar added) Champagne and is composed of 80% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay exclusively from the Loriot estate in the village of Festigny. It has been aged for four years on the lees, and this, in combination with the riper fruit used in the blend, gives it an ease of drinking not usually associated with zero dosage Champagnes. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2014  | Send Email
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Ok, if you are a fan of complex Champagne and on a budget, your ship just came in. This is a Brut Nature, but it avoids that lean and mean character, thanks to the ripe estate fruit selected for this cuvee. It has that rich and slightly gamy character I love in Meunier, coupled with the bright focus of Chardonnay. If you think of Champagne as an aperitif, consider trying this with a roasted whitefish such as halibut, and see why it is the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
Top Value!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/5/2014  | Send Email
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This lovely Extra Brut is not your typical animal. It is dosaged at the highest point to be labeled Extra Brut, 6 grams per liter. So, this is a richer style of Extra Brut with bright pear and lemon flavors and a very clean, moderately acidic vintage. This is a great bridge between Brut and those teeth-chattering, no-dosage Brut Nature Champagnes.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/1/2013  | Send Email
Raise your hand if you loved the Michel Loriot Extra Brut with the blue label! M. Loriot has revamped the look of his wines- the Palmyre is the Extra Brut you know and love! New labels include a disgorgement date, specific cepages, and QR code for scanning to learn more about his wines. That fabulous transparency aside, this wine continues to be a strong, delicoius, and nuanced. The disgorgement date of 8/2013 on this bottling is lovely- bright and lively, white flowers, citrus, mineral with a fine mousse and refreshing acidity. This continues to be one of my favorite (and my Mom's favorite!) Champagnes from the house of Loriot. Bravo!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/13/2013  | Send Email
Out here on the West Coast, we celebrate winter with Dungeness crab, and the best thing that I tasted on my last trip to Champagne for any shellfish was the brand new Michel Loriot "Palmyre" Brut Nature Champagne. I can’t wait to get one iced down and on the table with the crustacean. With crab, scallops, mussels, clams or oysters this lovely bottle richens up, all the while cutting the richness of the meat. Open crab season, open, open!

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 12