N/V Le Mont Benoit Premier Cru Extra Brut, Emmanuel Brochet (2016 Base Vintage)

N/V Le Mont Benoit Premier Cru Extra Brut, Emmanuel Brochet (2016 Base Vintage)

This is a tiny 2.5 hectare estate joust south-west of Reims. Emmanuel's first bottling was in 2002, and since then he has built up an enthusiastic following. Certified organic, the grapes are always picked with at least 10% potential alcohol as Emmanuel never chaptalizes, believing the process to dampen the aromatics of the wines. In 2000 he invested in a small vertical basket press, about half the size of a normal one. He vinifies the various plots that go into this wine seperately, and carefully decides what makes it into the final blend. This release has 2016 at the heart of the blend. Hard to find, thanks to the tiny production, but well worth it when you do.

Critic score
94/100 info
Case, 6 Bottles
From a client
1 available

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    37% Pinot Noir
    33% Pinot Meunier
    30% Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2033info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

Based on the 2016 vintage, supplemented by 20% reserve wines, Brochet's NV Extra-Brut Le Mont Benoit (L016) was disgorged in February 2020 with two grams per liter dosage. Mingling aromas of citrus oil, chamomile, green apple, white flowers and almond paste in an inviting bouquet, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly vinous, with fine depth at the core, bright acids and a long, mineral finish.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (March 2021)

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