In their own words, “A great Champagne wine, a tribute to our anscestors, and a celebration of Pinot Meunier”. From some of their oldest vines, some 65-75 years of age, on silty clay soils in Chavot and Mancy, with chalk subsoils some 30cm down, this is their finest example of pure Pinot Meunier. The 2015 is both paler in color and not as fruit dominant as the 2014, presenting white florals and more delicate red fruits, then an intense old vine palate impact of chalk. Aurélien notes that the 2014 is a more varietal expression, whereas the 2015 is an even more terroir driven expression. That sounds spot on to me, as we tasted both side by side. For fans of Meunier, this continues to be a reference point example in its depth and seriousness….
“The 2015 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois, 100% Meunier, is expressive, open-knit and wonderfully inviting. The natural resonance of these Meunier vines, planted in 1947 and 1964, comes through loud and clear. Ripe red plum, cedar, spice, dried flowers and mint all add nuance. Some of the fresher notes lean into the very slightly vegetal realm, which is not unusual in 2015, and yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. Dosage: 2-4 gr/L. Disgorged: February, 2019.”93 Antonio Galloni