Mousse Fils Brut Rose Effusion NV
From the Marne Valley of Champagne, this gorgeous solera cuvee is a blend of old vine Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grown in Cuisles, Jonquery, Châtillon-sur-Marne and Olizy. The base wines are raised in oak barrels and steel and then aged 24 months before blending and second fermentation in bottle for 16 months. As Terry Theise says, you would think this is a fruit bomb, but this is a seriously structured and dense while remaining ultra-structured. Great bubbly for winter.
Flavor Profile: "Smoke, candied almond and licorice notes accent the exuberant ripe strawberry, black cherry coulis and whole-grain toast flavors in this well-balanced, juicy version, with a firm, lightly chalky bead. Drink now through." 92 Points, Wine Spectator