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April 26, 2017

Dossier Meunier

Pinot Meunier is a chimeric mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, easily recognized by its pale white powdered vine leaves - the leaves look like they're sprinkled with flour, hence the name, “Miller's Grape” - and blue skinned grapes. About one-third of the vineyards in Champagne are planted to Meunier. While Meunier used to have the reputation of being inferior in quality to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and was believed to be not suitable for long term aging, we are now seeing that these formerly common beliefs are misconceptions. Some vines are more than 100 years old, ungrafted and untouched by phylloxera, and monovarietal Meunier wines are the latest trend and have become one of Champagne’s most exciting wines. Many young talented growers...
March 14, 2017

The Champagnist Launch

I started a project named Champagnifique. I tasted many, many champagnes, with a small team on regular basis, and I published reviews on the website. We hoped to provide an alternative to the sites that charge expensive annual fees for access, so there was no charge to visit our site, and it was truly a labor of love. I always wanted to do more than just review and score wines, though. What about travel to Champagne, about fine dining there, about the people who make and sell this most marvelous of beverages? What about lodging in Champagne? I loved Champagnifique, but was starting...
January 27, 2017

The Terroir Dinner

Terroir has become, of course, quite the “buzzword” In the fine wine world. Exact definitions can be elusive. It's all about the location of the vines, the type of soil, the life in the soil, fossils, micro-climate, a sea breeze, but most important the work in the vineyard and respect for nature. My appreciation for growers producing organic and/or biodynamic champagne just started in 2015. The biodynamic champagnes I tasted before often had that strange band-aid, Mercurochrome or glue aroma that really puts me off. Times have changed...

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