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Champagne Michel Arnould Brut Réserve Grand Cru Verzenay (750ml)
Producer: Champagne Michel Arnould & Fils champagne-michel-arnould.com
Appellation: Champagne - France (AOC)
Type: sparkling white
Varietal: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Good/Very Good
Est. Price: US$25.99
Alcohol %: 12
Description: 70 % PN / 30 % CH
Availability:
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Tasting Notes:
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tasted: March 25, 2007 , Thomas Ivey
85 points "Cherry notes on the nose and crisp acidity with lemon and mineral notes."
rated: December 20, 2005 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"The Arnould Champagnes come from the only Grand Cru in all of France to face north away from the sun- Verzenay. By some miracle of nature, some of the best Pinot in the region is grown in this unlikely spot. This wine composed of two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay from the 1999 and 1998 harvests. With a very pretty light golden color and the precise bead that comes from time in the bottle this Champagne is a pleasure just to look at. The wine has an explosive, hazelnut and bright Pinot fruit aroma and a flavor that manages to be both rich and clean. It is dry at only 10g per liter dosage and it has a refreshing, long finish. The Arnoulds own 27 acres in the village of Verzenay, a quite sizable holding in this high rent area. It is planted to 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, which reflects the average plantation for the village. The black Pinot is king here. The Arnould’s have quite a few plots of vines that are very old and positioned in the golden band of the mid slope, where the sun exposure is best. They have 40 and 45 year old vines in the lieux-diets of Corret, Perthos and Coutures and 50+ year vines in the red wine vineyard Carreaux. All of the wines made by the Arnould's undergo complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and enamel vats. If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger and Krug in the past, I think you will very much enjoy Michel Arnould. They are bold, masculine Champagnes with plenty of toasty flavor.-Gary Westby, K&L "
rated: December 22, 2005 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
3.5 stars "Aromatic nose of honey, pear, apple and blackcurrant bud. On the palate, rich and slightly sweet. A dessert Champagne."