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Champagne Monmarthe Le Nid D'agace Extra Brut Premier Cru 2016 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Monmarthe Le Nid D'agace Extra Brut Premier Cru 2016

We visited this spectacular producer last month – and this 95 point, single-vineyard cuvee is now a Last Bubbles USA exclusive!

$52
$100

Retail

48
Flavor Profile: Rose petals, red currants, red cherries, Galaxy peaches, baked apples, red D’Anjou pears, toasted hazelnuts
Time on Lees: 72 months
Dosage: 4 g/L
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices and Certified HVE

Why We Love It...

A literal stone's throw from the village of Chigny-les-Roses, Ludes is a beautiful Champagne village set amongst the rolling hills of the northern edge of the Montagne de Reims. We discovered the wines of Champagne Monmarthe back in February at Paris’ VinExpo, and a visit to the winery made us love these incredible wines even more! Gauthier Monmarthe, the seventh-generation vigneron, led us through their cellar, and we wrapped up in their salon tasting through their entire portfolio. His mom, Sandrine, made a delightful snack of fresh-out-the-oven gougeres, and man, what a day!  This single vineyard Extra Brut was a highlight – six years on the lees, and incredibly complex. We bought every last bottle allocated to the USA but we only wish they made some more! 

The Monmarthe family has been living in Ludes since 1737 and has owned agricultural lands and vineyards throughout the family’s recorded history. The Champagne house was founded in 1930 by Ernest Monmarthe, and the family has farmed this plot in Ludes ever since, fine-tuning their production and quality over the past six generations. Now, with Gauthier taking the lead on winemaking – this estate is beginning to draw attention here in the USA...a top-notch Grower Producer with a bright future to be certain!

This 95 point cuvee is named “Le Nid D'agace” or “The Magpies” in old French, for the crafty birds that reside in the trees surrounding the vineyards. This is a single vineyard, on a gentle slope a few hundred yards from the winery itself. It is a blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, with the chardonnay grown up top where the soil is predominantly clay, while the pinot noir grows below, where the soils have shifted to mostly chalk-based. The vineyard produced just enough for a meager 419 cases in 2016, and after six years on the lees, and a final dosage of 4 g/liter in January of 2023, a grand total of just twenty cases made it here to the USA. We snagged every last one...and now, it’s your turn!

The resulting wine is nicely layered and complex, with a vibrant and full mousse that incites aromas of rose petals and red currants, with flavors that follow in sensuous waves – red cherries, ripe Galaxy peaches, baked apples, creamy red D’Anjou pears, nutty toasted hazelnuts, all framed with a bright and tingly acidity carrying everything to a long and electric finish. The wine’s medium weight is all from its few months in barrel as a vin clair and the six years on the lees in bottle that followed, so no malolactic fermentation here, making this exceptionally age-worthy for those so inclined. I grabbed a handful for myself – with the hope that at least one bottle will survive to spring – but perhaps you have more discipline than me in that regard! Whatever your plans for the wine, you simply can’t go wrong...this absolutely delivers, especially at such an insanely reasonable price!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Jean-Guy and Gauthier Monmarthe
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices and Certified HVE
Oak: 6 months in oak
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 419
Pair it with: Roasted game hens (guinea, pheasant, quail) in a game jus

Champagne Monmarthe Le Nid D'agace Extra Brut Premier Cru 2016

$52
$100

Retail

48
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