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Apollonis "Authentique Meunier" Blanc de Noirs Brut, Loriot
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Apollonis "Authentique Meunier" Blanc de Noirs Brut, Loriot - NV

Item # 38722 750mL
$41.96/ Single Bottle
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$503.52 $478.34/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

From a small grower who specializes in Pinot Meunier. The vines are planted in clay and chalk-based soils. The mousse is delicate, the aromas full of brioche and red fruits. This Champagne impresses on all fronts.


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Staff Pick Notes

There are seven grapes that are allowed in the vinification of proper Champagne, and of those seven you only really see three (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier), and of those three you really only see Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made into 100% varietal bubbles. But here we have a champagne made entirely from Meunier, and it's so good that I can't understand why they aren't more popular. The aromatics call to mind red fruit, wildflowers, and exotic spice, with a focused, clay-like minerality. There's a little bit of toast, but nothing overwhelming. The wine is, on the whole, fantastically well-balanced, and would be a really, really good choice if you want a bottle to pair with a meal. Try it early in the morning with smoked salmon on bagels, or chicken schintzel sandwiches with a passion fruit chutney.

- JON

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