Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne flavours are seductive, with wild red berries and peaches, underpinned by notes of almond and brioche.
This is a little-known, wonderful Champagne house, with roots that go back to the 1600s and vineyards plots that date from Roman times. The Moutard-Diligent family have been grape farmers for hundreds of years in the southern part of the Champagne region, where the family is one of the few to still nurture rare varieties Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc in addition to the classic trio, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The make a scant 2000 cases of wine, including this firm, well-balanced Grande Cuvée. It is all Pinot Noir, mostly from the high quality 2013 vintage, with a generous addition of older, reserve wines. The house style at Moutard is in the Krug and Bollinger direction, meaning on the rich and fulsome side, and they bottle-age all wines lengthily. The flavours are seductive, with wild red berries and peaches, underpinned by notes of almond and brioche. Dry but not austere, the finale is long, creamy, mineral-laced, and complex. Serve with foie gras pâté or luxurious oyster bisque.