Grower Champagne Club – September 2018

Champagne Moutard Père et Fils, Brut Milleseme, 1996, $91.50
Moutard is located in the southern Côte des Bar region of Champagne, where their history dates back to the mid 17th century. They are particularly noteworthy because they continue to grow all six of the authorized Champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, of course, plus Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, and Arbane. They are based in the commune of Buxeuil, where the clay and limestone soil imparts rich, fruity aromas and stony minerality to the fruit. They ferment in used Burgundy barrels which adds further complexity to their Champagnes. We were delighted to have the opportunity recently to sample this rare offering from the 1996 vintage. And even more delighted to learn that there were just enough bottles left to put it in the club! It is 100% Chardonnay from Moutard’s Côte des Bar vineyards, planted on Kimmeridgean clay and limestone soil. This Champagne has aged beautifully over the last 20-plus years, developing deep color and complexity, rich, fruity aromas, and flavors of dried fruit, roasted nuts, and toasty brioche. Savor it over the next year or two, on its own, or perhaps with lobster or other shellfish.