Michel Loriot "Marie-Leopold" Sec Champagne

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Our selection of sweet Champagne is so small as to be almost non-existent. This is due to the fact that most producers do not take the sweeter parts of their range seriously, and most often they use these blends as a clearing house for their worst Champagne, figuring that the sweetness will cover up the flaws in the base wine. This is not the case here. Mr. Loriot created this wine as a tribute to Leopold Loriot, who installed the first wine press in the family's house in 1903 and began making wines at their estate. In this era, almost all Champagne was made with more dosage, and the 20 grams per liter is about what Leopold might have used in the beginning. It is also named after Marie, the latest generation of Loriots to be involved in the family business and Michel's daughter, who joined the company recently after obtaining her oenology degree. This is composed of 80% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay and aged for four years before being released. The liqueur that is used for the dosage is made in house and based on pure cane sugar. It has a nose that reminds me of tarte tatin, a pastry smell that carries through onto the palate. It has such a nice, lazy bead and polished texture and the sweetness does not seem at all out of place. This is a must for every Champagne lover--don't knock it because it is sweet! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Michel Loriot and his daughter & co-winemaker Marie have created a very special cuvee here. The Marie Leopold Sec (named so after Michel's daughter Marie and their great-great-great grandfather Leopold) has the tiniest dance of sweetness, with beautiful lemon zest, fresh apricot and flaky pie crust notes, with a chalky minerality and vibrant acidity that keep the sweetness from being heavy or dense. If you enjoy Prosecco, but are looking for something different and truly more elegant, try this pretty little cuvee. It's an homage to the Loriot family's history!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2015 | Send Email
Seriously good Sec Champagne! Don't dismiss this wine because it has a bit more dosage than a Brut! In fact the slight increase in dosage here allows a broader spectrum of pairings. Last night Gary Westby prepared some foie gras and grilled apricot on toasted brioche for the K&L team--a perfect pairing with this Champagne! I was so thrilled to find a serious Champagne with good levels of acidity and depth of flavor that could stand up to the richness of foie gras and yet complement a sweeter pairing such as grilled apricots. I will be stocking up on this Champagne to pair with future appetizers!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A fresh, lively style of Champagne from a remarkable producer, the "Marie Leopold Sec" actually shows a just a trace of its dosage (20g/liter) on the palate, making it a perfect (read: better and more affordable) substitute for your basic Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon bottlings. Enjoy with appetizers or even dessert!

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2011 | Send Email
While most Champagne producers prefer to use the best fruit for the more popular drier styles, Michel Loriot bucks the trend with his off-dry cuvée. This special Champagne is composed of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. It presents a nose of fresh-baked pastry, sweet cream, honey and orchard fruit, which broadens to include buttercream-frosted white cake on the palate. The dosage is a home-made liqueur based on pure sugar cane, which contributes to the pure and delicate quality of the sweetness. Though off-dry, full and rich, the high acidity keeps everything fresh and balanced, leaving a stunningly clean finish. If after a full meal you crave something sweet but not too sweet, consider winding down with a glass of this off-dry Champagne. Or, offer it at brunch or an afternoon gathering to accompany cake or cupcakes (especially if buttercream frosting is featured) or other similar baked delights!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2011 | Send Email
Oh so lovely! I know that the description says "Sec" and that entitles it to be sweeter than you everyday "Brut". But trust me, this is far, far from being sweet! The sweetness comes across more on the mouthfeel than on the palate. Very soft, almost velvety. Incredibly complex. It can be served with a platter of cheese for an elegant end of a candlelight dinner, or as pairing to a spicy Thai soiree. Endless possibilities...

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2011 | Send Email
One word: Brie! Talk about the most heavenly of food and wine pairing experiences. Forget the fact that this bottle of bubbles is just a touch off dry. The Marie Leopold paired so perfectly with the brie, the only saving grace for my hips was that the wedge of cheese was quickly devoured. Its my second time taking home a bottle of this fabulous bottle of champagne and I will be taking home a fourth, fifth, sixth...just so long as there is enough brie in this world!

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