Founded in Ay in 1843, this is one of the smaller houses that seems to fly under the radar. Their 2008 Cuvee des Moines is the best Champagne we have ever tasted from this house. The bottles we are offering were disgorged in 4-20-2019, meaning this Champagne has spent more than ten years on the lees. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a little Pinot Meunier. The dosage seems to be on the lower end of the Brut scale. The bubbles are very fine with the aromas of white flowers, citrus, praline, honey, exotic spices, and grilled bread. The palate is powerful with impressive depth yet is kept in check by the Champagne's excellent acidity with notes of citrus, fresh apple, fig, minerals, brioche, and lots of dry extracts. This is a very serious bottle of bubbles that would stand up to just about any house's Tete de Cuvee, and our pricing is the best in the USA! The bottles we are offering are from a later disgorgement than the bottles reviewed by the critics below, which always better for the Champagne. This is one not to miss!
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 93 points! "Tasted from the same lot as in June this year, the 2008 Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime is very fine on the deep, ripe and elegant nose where the 31% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier play the first guitar at the moment. This is a very elegant, refined and intense 2008 with a charming dosage. The finish is pure and persistently salty, well-structured and remarkably intense. Impressive and even a touch finer than the sample I had some months ago. Tasted October 2018."
Wine Enthusiast (Roger Voss) 93 points! "Dominated by rich Chardonnay, this is a ripe wine. Acidity and a mineral texture are foils to the rich apple and green-plum flavors, giving a balance between deliciously crisp and a fuller style. It is just about ready to drink but will be better from 2018."