Jose Michel & Fils Brut Tradition NVProduct #26248 (In Stock)

Jose Michel & Fils Brut Tradition NV
Color/Type Sparkling
Country/State France
Price $30 - $50
Producer Jose Michel
Region Champagne
Varietal Other
Vintage Nv

Jose Michel made his first Champagne in 1954, but his family has been at it since the mid-19th Century. Pinot Meunier has always thrived in his vineyards in Moussy, south of Epernay, and here it gives this wine a lovely dose of buttery pear fruit lifted by orange citrus from 30% Chardonnay.  With vines averaging 30 years of age, there's plenty of concentration while blending 4-5 vintages adds complexity. The Pinot Meunier base develops a rich toasty note during two years in bottling and 8-9 g/l dosage balances the citrus and mineral nicely.  Fun to drink right now on its own, sophisticated enough to shine at table, and offering the potential to improve for 4-5 years.

The following review was for the 2015 release but captures the quality and style here to a T. "70% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. Fresh tangerine, pear and sweet butter on the fragrant nose. Smooth and weighty in the mouth, offering pliant orchard fruit and melon flavors and a bracing kick of bitter citrus zest. A minerally element adds lift and cut to the penetrating finish."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

Regular Price (1) Price : $44.99/ea
Sale Single Bottle (1): $34.98/ea
Sale Half Case (6): $32.98/ea
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