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2016 Mousse Fils Special Club Brut, Champagne, France

2016 Mousse Fils Special Club Brut, Champagne, France

Regular price $110.00

Unit price per 

100% Meunier

Special Club Champagne is the highest tier of classification that grower Champagnes can achieve.

The official name is Club de Trésors, or Club of Treasures. It was established in 1971 under the name Club de Viticulteurs Champenois, to assess quality among certain growers in Champagne.

The process to become a Special Club Champagne is practically as laborious as the process of making Champagne. The wines must pass two rigorous stages of selection. Before that happens, members gather each February to taste each other’s still wines from the previous vintage. The members vote on whether to declare a vintage year, which would mean that the vintage was outstanding, and worthy enough of a vintage-dated Champagne. The vote must be unanimous.

If a vintage year is declared, the process for Special Club selection begins. The selection committee includes wine professionals and enologists, including a Club-employed enologist that presides over the blind tastings. First, the panel tastes the vin clairs, the still wines before they undergo a secondary fermentation, before they’re bottled. At this point, the panel weeds out wines that aren’t up to snuff. The second blind-tasting stage takes place after three years of bottle aging. If the wine passes muster unanimously by the panel, it can be bottled in a dedicated green Special Club bottle, whose design is based on one from the 18th century. Only members can use the green Special Club bottles.

This agency is the only member of the Club de Tresor to make a Special Club wine of 100% Pinot Meunier. In the vineyards, Cedric Moussé adheres to a ‘lutte raisonee’ approach. He practices organic viticulture, using herbal infusions that act as ‘vitamins’ for the vines, cover crops, zero pesticides, and minimal doses of heavy metals like copper.

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