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Cuvee Rare Champagne

Cuvee Rare Champagne Wine Details
Price: $27.99 per bottle

Description: This extremely rare bottling is produced from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes and cellared for 5 years. Rare because it is one of the few champagnes of the world that is "Naturale", meaning no Brandy or sugar added. Pale copper in color, subtle yeast and fruit flavors make this sparkler an elegant rival to Dom Perignon and Cristal. Many say better at a fraction of the price. Taster's Choice - L.I. Champagne while it lasts.

Varietal Definition
Pinot Meunier:
Pinot Meunier’s heritage is traced to northern France, where it is particularly important in France’s Champagne region. Here, it is the most planted variety, with acreage roughly equivalent to the acreages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir combined. It offers youthful fruit character and tart acidity to the traditional blend. However, wines which are predominantly Pinot Meunier tend to be less age worthy. Pinot Meunier is well suited to cool climates, as it buds later than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This makes it less susceptible than its more noble partners to frost. It also ripens earlier than Pinot Noir. In North America, Pinot Meunier can be found in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, where it is known as Black Riesling. More notably however, California growers in regions such as Caneros and the Anderson Valley, wishing to produce authentic champagne-style wines, introduced Meunier to the vineyards in the 1980s. Today, most all of the state’s 300 acres of PM reside in the Carneros area. Some work is being


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