Champagne Moutard Brut Grande Cuvee NV
100% Pinot Noir. It’s not always easy to find a Champagne that pleases everyone. This beautifully crafted champagne seems to hit the spot; refined, rich nose evoking notes of butter, almond and brioche. Fine bubbles, and elegant. And most importantly it seems to go with everything.
The Côte des Bar was “kicked out” of the greater Champagne region in the early 1900’s, producers rioted, they have a chip on their shoulder permanently, and are therefore more experimental and rebellious. Whereas most of Champagne is relatively flat, and densely planted to vines, in the Côte des Bar you’ll find a bucolic, relaxed, “backwoods” vibe where vineyards are leisurely interspersed with forests and streams. Unlike the rest of Champagne where Chardonnay is king, in the Côte des Bar Pinot Noir dominates, making up 85% of plantings. This “underdog” terroir is super hot right now, and for good reason
91 pts – Wine Spectator
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Lucien Moutard began producing Champagne under his own name in 1952 from grapes grown on his family’s land in the Côte des Bar. The Côte des Bar is situated in the Southeast of Champagne’s boundary, about 2 hours in a car from Champagne’s capital in Reims. You can think of the Côte des Bar as an island in and of itself, as the sub-region is actually isolated from the rest of the Champagne.