Moussé at a glance – Our favorite among the Meunier pilgrims in the Marne Valley (and elsewhere), an up-and-coming young grower who’s the newest member of the Club Tresors.
How the wines taste – Classy Meunier beauties; savory and dark-bready and with the sorghum-sweetness of the variety, but also with a certain reserve and containment – elegance is the right word. ~Terry Theise
Named for the “green clay” of Cuisles and its environs, said to be unique to this quiet corner of Champagne. It’s 95% Meunier with “a few handfuls” of PN. The wine is plump and concentrated; the palate reads it “sweeter” than its mingy 3.6g/l rs, though we played with various levels. All of them were thick, rich earthy Meunier but also refined, and with a lovely curious finish of caraway and cucumbers. Disgorged in January 2015, with higher dosage it was more hedonistic but less interesting, though it reached a kind of pinnacle at the highest level (5.2), really strong and shimmery. Since I liked it for different reasons at each of its levels, I will be surprised along with you when we drink the finished wine. ~Terry Theise
Currently this is 2010-based (50%, with the other half being 09-08-07), deg 10/2014, and 90-10 Meunier/PN, making it my only Blanc de Noirs at the NV level. The Champagne is excellent, a silky, sophisticated Meunier, with impeccable posture yet with all its customary fruit. I’ve never tasted better Meunier in this echelon.
The next edition will be based on 2011, yet has absolutely no flavor of ladybugs. It’s a + wine, which he’ll disgorge soon. We were all waffling between 6.4 and 6.8 g/l rs, though I preferred the 6.8 not because it was “sweeter” but because it was chalkier and more vivid in every way. This wine improves year by year, and this one has to be considered a triumph! ~Terry Theise
Deg 9/2014. The base is excellent, 70% 2012 and 30% a “solera” started in 2003, refreshed each year with 50% of the new harvest; it’s assemblage with the still Meunier coming from 2010 and aged in barrel. You can’t deny that sexy 2012 fruit and its straight-up generosity. ~Terry Theise