What remains the best value in all of Special Club Champagnes. In its humble low-key demeanor, Jose Michel’s Special Club as Champagne guru Richard Juhlin notes, is alongside Krug as one of the most iconic wines that features Pinot Meunier. They are now of course joined by Jerome Prevost, Hugues Godme, and Egly Ouriet among others on the Montagne de Reims, it is in Jose Michel’s cellars however that you can see greatness with this grape going back to the 1950’s if not even further. This wine is from the domaine’s oldest vines, a 50/50 blend of Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay with the PM vines up to a century old and the Chardonnay in the 60 year range. A wine of density and depth though it always shows a surprising amount of refinement and elegance, traits that catch us off guard each year as the wine is very refined in its youth before building depth and complexity with time in bottle. The 2012 is fantastic and after tasting it a couple times already. Here is the last round coming while the domaine still has bottles from this great year.