some other producers:
2002 De Meric “Cuvée Rene Millesime” Brut (out-of-stock)
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made exclusively from biodynamic meunier from the village of Crouttes-sur-Marne in the western part of Champagne. It was aged in old, small oak casks before bottling in 2003. The color is a gorgeous light gold, with an amazingly compact and powerful bead. On the nose it is explosively spicy with caramel apple and freshly-toasted bread notes heading a long list of adjectives. On the palate it is savory, with a “more pinot noir than pinot noir” flavor that I found to be one of the most complex I have ever had. This is not shy Champagne
Leclerc Briant “La Ravinne” Single Vineyard Brut (out-of-stock)
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100% Pinot Meunier, 100% biodynamic… It is the polar opposite of the mushroomy style of Rene Collard, instead showing a sweet, almost pear eau-de-vie-like clean fruit on the nose and very racy acidity on the back. It is one of the ultimate aperitif Champagnes in the store."
2000 Bruno Michel Cuvee Clement Blanc de Noir(out-of-stock)
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This vineyard is all Meunier, and the vines are 70 years old and pre-date the arrival of cloned vines in Champagne. This wine was fermented in old oak, and aged for a year in oak before being bottled. It has a deep straw color that is almost gold and a nose of morel mushrooms in cream and moist forest floor. The Champagne is both broad on the palate and long finishing, a combination that is hard to find. It also has a surprising chalky minerality to offset the huge mid-palate, making for an exquisetly well balanced wine.
Collard-Picard “Cuvee Selection” Brut (finally, in stock )
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Olivier Collard is the grandson of the great Rene Collard in the village of Reuil, one of the most respected and venerable recoltant-manipulant’s in all of Champagne. His wife, Delphine Picard, is the cousin of Chantal Gonet of Champagne Phillipe Gonet in Mesnil. composed of 80% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. The base of this wine is 2004, which is fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation.
…and now, for something completely…2000 Aubry “Le Nombre d’Or Campanae Veteres Vites”(out-of-stock, but easily found via wine-searcher)
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made from the ancient (and now almost extinct in Champagne) varietals of Fromenteau (pinot gris) Petit Meslier & Arbanne. The last two are unique to the region; they are black skinned grapes that were quite widely planted before the phylloxera louse invaded Champagne. When it came time to replant, their lack of international cachet, combined with lower yields and problems with disease almost wiped them out. The Aubry brothers are one of the few champions of these varietals. The wine is an elegant red fruit style with excellent deliniation of flavor
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^Not sure I’d want Champagne with any kind of oysters, save a high-acid, chardonnay based that’s still steely without much mature nuttiness (lol, finding that) with either minimal effervescence or older that had lost most of the bubbles. Bubbles compete, interfere with my ability to enjoy oyster flavors.