By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer
I have been recommending the Pierre Moncuit Champagnes here at K&L for nearly 15 years, and just received a shipment of their latest wines. The Moncuit’s farm 37.5 acres of grand cru vineyard in Mesnil, Champagne’s most sought after and expensive cru for Chardonnay. Nicole Moncuit has been making the wine here since 1977 and prizes old vines for their ability to transmit the maximum of this great terroir into the wines. The average age of the vines at the property is 30 years old, much older than the average in Champagne. She also has some very old vines that she makes her namesake wine from, the tiny production cuvee Nicole Moncuit.
Pierre Moncuit "Cuvée Pierre Moncuit-Delos Grand Cru" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($39.99): When I tasted this electric batch of Pierre Moncuit I would have bet that it was based on 2008. I have a call in to Charles Neal, the wines importer but didn’t want to wait to send this email out until he called back- I am afraid the Nicole Moncuit could disappear before then! This wine has a big nose that is Meursault like in its scale but without the oak. I found it full of ripe fruit and fragrant wild flowers. On the palate it is dry and cutting on the back end but full and ripe up front. This all Mesnil, all estate Champagne really shows its class on the finish, which is very, very long for its low price. So good!
2005 Moncuit-Delos Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne ($54.99): 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!
2004 Pierre Moncuit "Cuvée Nicole Moncuit Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($74.99; wait-list only): Champagne doesn’t get better than this- I could not believe how much class this 2004 had, even though I have been lucky enough to have many, many past vintages of this cuvee. This great bottle of Mesnil Grand Cru is made from two over 90 year old plots, some of the oldest vines in all of Champagne. The nose is restrained, detailed and multifaceted: I found perfect baguette, savory spice and fresh-from-the-tree pineapple in the bouquet. On the palate it had both the lush richness of ancient vines and the fabulous mineral focus of some of the best chalk vineyard in all of Champagne. This wine sings with both ripe fruit and mineral freshness…
On another note, we managed to get another little allocation of 2002 Dom Perignon Rose at $299. These bottles were available for pre-sale, but sold out very quickly. If you click to 'add to wait list' on this or any other out-of-stock Champagne on our website, you will be notified by email the moment more becomes available, in the event that we are able to get more. You can read about the 2002 Dom Perignon Rose on the blog here and about Dom Perignon in general here.
A toast to you!