Pierre Moncuit Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs [2013]

Pierre Moncuit

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Wine label
Vintage:NV
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Country:France
Region:Champagne
Appellation:Champagne
Type:Sparkling
Varietals:Chardonnay
Vineyard:Sourced from 5 hectares of vineyards in the Cote de Sezanne.
Orientation:Southeast-facing
Soil:Chalk and limestone
Viticulture:Grapes are hand harvested
Vinification:100% 2012; fermentation takes place in stainless steel using natural yeasts. 100% malolactic.
Aging:Three years sur lie.
Production:4,200 cases
Tasting:Made of Chardonnay sourced from the Cote de Sezanne just south of the Cote des Blancs, the Hugues de Coulmet is single vintage cuvee that spends 24 months sur lie prior to release. It is an exceptional value and a great starter to any meal; 9 grams dosage
 

Ratings

Antonio Galloni: 91
Moncuit's NV (2013) Blanc de Blancs Hugues de Coulmet is a gorgeous entry-level wine. Lemon peel, white flowers, almonds and mint are all nicely layered in a soft, open-knit Champagne that will drink well with minimal cellaring. There is so much to like. The interplay of bright, citrus-inflected notes and textural depth is compelling. This is the only wine in the range made from vineyards in Sézanne as opposed to Le Mesnil sur Oger. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Disgorged: March 2016.
Other: 89+
As readers will recall, the Hugues de Coulmet bottling is produced from the Moncuit family’s vines in the village of Sézanne, rather than their vineyards in Mesnil. The new release is from the base year of 2013 and was finished off with a dosage of nine grams per liter, after the wine spent two and a half years aging sur latte. The bouquet on the new release is very pretty, delivering a fine constellation of pear, fresh almond, limestone, minerality, a touch of crème patissière and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is brisk, full-bodied and nicely defined by its minerality, with frothy mousse, good focus and grip and a long, still quite youthful finish. This is a youthful bottle that needs a bit more bottle age to really start to express itself on the palate, but which will be quite tasty once it has softened up a bit more, though it will never have the same breed as the family’s botltings from their vineyards in Mesnil-sur-Oger. 2018-2035.