Friday Feature 11/08/13: The Champagne Value of the Year!

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today’s Friday Feature is Craig’s favorite announcement of the year!

As all of you know, he is obsessed with Champagne. In April he journeyed to the Champagne region to taste with over 50 producers in a week. Skipping lunch in order to taste, waking up to taste vin clair at 7 am out of barrel – all confirm the intense passion and love for the bubbly goodness!

It is a Perman Wine tradition for us to recommend our annual pick for what we consider the greatest value in Champagne. Sure there are less and more expensive options out there, but for us, this selection is THE one to celebrate with through the remainder of 2013.

This offering is always one of our most popular, and often sells out before the holidays are over. So make sure to secure your order soon!

Without further ado, let us introduce to you The Champagne Value of the Year!

Have a great weekend,
Craig & Sheb


Friday Feature

Champagne is France’s most exciting growing region today.

In years past most of the discussions about Champagne revolved around the large négociant Champagne houses, which often highlighted house style and branding over substance.

Now we have literally dozens of small grower Champagne houses that have diverted our attention to the actual place the grapes are grown.

Champagne, now more than ever is about a village, or sub-region and the traceability of what is inside that bottle is more apparent than ever. This, is the best thing to ever happen to the region!

The change that has taken place is only possible because there is a youth movement in Champagne that are pushing things in this direction. Curiosity, education, and dedication to one’s vineyards – those are the driving forces behind the changes.

Which brings me to this years Champagne Value of the Year!
Michel Loriot Champagne “Authentic Meunier” Brut, Blanc de Noirs N.V.

Michel Loriot has made it possible for all of us to study and most importantly enjoy great examples of Pinot Meunier-based Champage from his vineyards near Festigny in the Vallée de la Marne.

Michel Loriot owns about 7 hectares of vines producing about 60,000 bottles in total per year. The bulk of his vineyards are in Festigny, Le Breuil and Troissy, situated south of the Marne river. 80% of his plantings are from the grape Pinot Meunier, with 18% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Noir.

The Loriot family has been estate bottling since 1931 and became a full-time grower house since 1952. They were the first producers in their village of Festigny to install a press, and today are still the leaders in quality.

Craig has followed these wines for many years, and tasting through the line-up of wines in Champagne with Michel and his daughter Marie in April, there is a feeling that his wines have never been better.

The “Authentic Meunier” is composed entirely of Pinot Meunier. Loriot still uses a traditional Coquard vertical press to delicately extract the juice. The fermentation and malolactic are in enamel-lined stainless steel tanks.

Its aromatics are beautiful with a mixture of red berries and a hint at apricot. On the palate, it has breadth and richness but finishes with great vibrancy. It really makes you salivate and come back for glass after glass.

So no matter what you are celebrating this holiday season, a bottle of Loriot Champagne will be the perfect compliment to any occasion!

Champagne fans don’t miss this!

Those giving out holiday gifts – nothing says thank you or Happy Holidays like a great bottle of bubbles!


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