Yesterday we were treated to a very nice visit from Bruno Michel and his family here in Redwood City. Bruno makes some of the very best Champagne that we sell and has been certified organic since 1999 by Ecocert. His wines are all very long aged, and being a nurseryman first, entirely produced from his own estates hand selected massal vineyards. Every vine that he has planted he has selected and grafted himself. I think I can speak for the whole staff when I say that these wines impressed deeply… This man is making the real deal grower stuff at the very highest level.
I often tell the story of the first time that I met Mr. Michel at his winery in Pierry, just south of Epernay in 2006. My father was with me on the trip, and we were doing four or five appointments a day. After tasting the wines and being blown away, my dad kicked me under the table when I told Bruno that I would get back to him about ordering… That was the first time I ever bought on the spot, and I am glad that I did since these wines would doubtless have been snapped up by the next importer that walked in the door. Thanks for the good advice dad!
We have just a few bottles left of his super wine, with more on the way, including some stellar single vineyard 2008’s. Here is what we tasted yesterday:
Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99: This blend of 53% Meunier and 47% Chardonnay is aged for five years on the lees. It is creamy, layered, intricate stuff that tastes far more expensive than its small direct-import price. This, like all of the wines he makes are for thoughtful drinkers who prize subtlety and delicacy in their Champagne.
Bruno Michel "Rebelle" Extra Brut Champagne $39.99: Dosed at only 2 grams per liter, this dry, racy blend of half and half Meunier and Chardonnay comes only from vines older than sixty years. It is also aged for five years on the lees. This is a great Champagne to pair with fish, especially sushi, and because of its long ageing, it isn’t as strict as some Extra Bruts.
Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne $49.99: This earthy, deep rose reminds me of Vosne-Romanee, and is definitely not for people looking for something light and simple! This is all 2004, although not labeled as a vintage, and comes from a plot of vines called “Les Roses” planted in the mid 1960’s. It is entirely barrel fermented in old, small oak. I love this Champagne with grilled salmon, but it will even work with lamb.
I hope that you will try these before they are gone.
A toast to you!