Pierre Moncuit 2005 Brut Millesime Champagne
Champagne Pierre Moncuit is based in the superb Côtes des Blancs village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, and it is in this Grand Cru commune that the family owns fifteen of its twenty hectares of vines. The other five hectares of vines are located in the village of Sézanne. Pierre Moncuit began bottling wines on his own back in the early 1950s, and since 1977, the day to day operations of this fine estate have been under the direction of his daughter, Nicole Moncuit, who oversees the viticulture and vinification of the wines, and her brother, Yves Moncuit, who runs the commercial side of the family business.
RM or récoltant-manipulant. Driven by passion for their product, these producers bottle and sell their wines under their own labels. There is a potential for high quality combined with good value, and wines that might reflect the terroir of small plots of land rather than standardized blends. R stands for Récoltant ( the literal translation is "Harvester") M stands for Manipulant ( literally "Handler") These "grower" champagnes account for just under 3 percent of the total market.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Piquant toasted nuts and zesty grapefruit and orange rinds inflect a juicy matrix of apple and pineapple in Moncuit’s 2005 Brut Blanc de Blancs, with that nuttiness segueing into a mouthwateringly maritime amalgam of chalk, kelp and sweet-saline savor of Dungeness crab. Richly textured yet buoyant, and with subtle tartness and generous juiciness deployed to render each sip both invigorating and demanding of the next, this is certainly a great success for its vintage."