Looking for a great value on a bottle of Champagne? Who isn’t? This Marniquet Brut Tradition is one of my old favorites I’ve tasted twice (once blind and) drunk once (three different occasions) in the last two weeks. Each time I scored it in the 91+ to 92+ range while some others around me scored it even higher. It is an “old reliable” for me and, as such, I sometimes forget just how good it is – especially considering the price.
Champagne J.P. Marniquet is almost a one-man show with Jean Pierre Marniquet and his daughter handling most of the heavy lifting including hand-riddling and disgorging the wines. As they are in the Valle de la Marne which is the land of Pinot Meunier, they embrace that sometimes denigrated variety and make it the centerpiece of their main cuvees.
J.P. MARNIQUET Brut Tradition, Champagne, NV ($29.99)
An estate bottled blend of 50% Pinot Meunier (which is rather a lot of Pinot Meunier), 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir with reserve wines in the mix from a small grower-producer located in Venteuil in the Valle de la Marne west of Reims. Aged over 3 years on the yeasts in a cold, deep cellar that was originally a World War One underground hospital. Dosage is quite Brut at 6 grams per liter dissolved in reserve wines. Straw colored and fully sparkling. Dry, medium-bodied with fresh acidity. Toasty-yeasty-biscuity with lively lemony citrus and red fruit with limestone mineral earth and a hint of spice. Really very long finish. Delicious, focused, fresh, alive-in-the-mouth. I really like the biscuity taste. Yum. BearScore: 92.