Taillet, Sur le Grand Marais Brut Nature, Champagne, Champagne, France, NV
Sur le Grand Marais Brut Nature
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
90% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay
Pinot Meunier has long been the Cinderella of the Champagne grape-variety triumvirate, quietly helping out in blends, ripening usefully throughout the Marne valley, but rarely winning the accolades of its (admittedly beautiful) elder sisters Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. That has begun to change in recent years, and the appearance of this Pinot Meunier-dominated blend in our Best In Show selection is another welcome indication of its rehabilitation. In addition to the refined orchard fruits Pinot Meunier usually evokes, there are notes of marzipan and honeycomb in the aromas of this skilfully blended non-vintage. On the bracingly dry, Brut-Nature palate, expect a cascade of autumn apple resonance and woodland green freshness.