Rare occasion to taste together two expressions of Meunier modernists. Polar in style and each signed with its vintage character.
Mousse preferes the stainless steel tanks as opposed to Benoit Dehu who has affection towards the oak, which I suspect developed even stronger when he worked in Bollinger.
Also interesting to see how vintages speak and compliment the style.
warm 2015 making bigger body, rich wines and cool 2014 with stricter character.
However, both winemakers mastered the grape variety. Meunier pronounced aromatics full of red berries. Leaner version by Cedric and broad shouldered by Benoit.
2015 Benoit Dehu La Rue des Noyers Brut Nature
Rich, vinous. Dominated by new oak which defines its intense profile.
2015 vintage is powerful. Bitter aftertaste.
Fermented in 228l new oak barrels and kept on its lees for 11 months before bottling for the 2nd fermentation. Not a super long lees aging results in laser focus on a primary fruit aromas and purity. Always brut nature.
Pure Meunier comes from certified organic single vineyard managed with respect to nature and according to the lunar calendar.
2014 Mousse Terre d’Illite Extra Brut
Slightly reductive in style. Focus here is all on the red berries nicely wrapped in pastry which suggests the prolonged lees aging.
Vintage 2014 is strict and with accentuated acidity.
Assemblage of M/PN - 95/5. It rests impressive 50 months on lees and is dosed with tiny 1.5g/l after the disgorgement.
Blend of 23 plots in Cuisles, coming from the soils with layer of green clay, thus comes its name.