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Les Vignes de Mon Village is a perpetual blend of 100% Pinot Meunier, bottled and aged under cork, with grapes coming exclusively from Cuisles.
Before the arrival of this zero dosage non-vintage, only “Les Fortes Terres” was a 100% Meunier. The idea behind this Champagne is to create an exceptional corked cuvée, accessible to all. It is also a tribute to Jean-Marc Moussé, who’s been the mayor of his village for 25 years, and a lover of the Meunier grape.
Straw gold in colour, fine to medium bead. Perfumed and elegant nose showing a stony- mineral quality and almost a herbal edge. This is pristine, clean and pure at first sip and then it floods the mouth with a herbal-saline green apple bomb. There is a distinct bitter edge to this in a pleasant way, think what yellow grapefruit does to the tongue.
A grower since 1750, Champagne Moussé sits in the village of Cuisles, in a valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. This side valley has a unique soil in Champagne: a schist subsoil under clay. While Pinot Meunier often struggles to be taken seriously in Champagne, at Moussé, Pinot Meunier is celebrated. 80% of the vines planted are Meunier, with the balance planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This agency is the first member of Club Trésors de Champagne to make a Spécial Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier and the first Club member to produce a Rosé de Saignée Spécial Club. In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonée’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper. His new winery, completed in 2012 may be deceiving; the modern facility leads us to believe this is a new operation. Solar panels power the cellar, tasting room, and 2 houses on the property, while geothermal energy moderates temperature throughout the winery. An underground spring provides enough water for irrigation on the farm. Moussé works almost exclusively in stainless steel, with the exception of a small amount of Pinot Meunier destined for his rosé. All cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines seem to gush with red and dark fruits characteristic of Pinot Meunier, and a structured, saline minerality - Peter Liem
100% Pinot Meunier bottled and aged under cork, with grapes coming exclusively from Cuisles, where the soils are composed of green clay over limestone. A perpetual blend elaborated from 2014 to 2020 vintages.
Grapes are hand picked in market gardening crates and the wines undergo full malolactic fermentation, with sustainable and organic viticulture practices at the forefront. Micro vinification in reduction in small stainless steel tanks. Bottling and ageing under cork. 0g/L dosage. Ageing on lees for an average of 20 months before disgorging.
Pair with something that has salinity, like Samphire or sweet-edged herbs, tarragon. Citrus style dishes like Ceviché would work well with pink grapefruit and radish.