Louis Sostene, Brut 1er Cru ‘Cuvée LS’ Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger

Premier Wine Company, Richmond CA.

50% Chardonnay, 25% PN, 25% Meunier.  2008 base vintage, with 30% reserve wines from 2007.  At least two+ years on the lees before disgorgement.  The winemaker is Pierre Gonet from champagne house Philippe Gonet in le Mesnil-Sur-Oger; the vines are from Chigny-les-Roses and owned by his wife.  This is lot#L110612.

May 2019

Yellow-gold. Sweet straw and pitted fruit and a whiff of candy cap mushroom, all in a creamy texture that only seems yielding but is actually spicy and frisky. Has fine sleek length and finishes dry. Now.

February 2014

Yellow-gold.  Gushing and extrovert and more expressive of its Pinot Noir: gougère and autolytic flavors.  Sumptuous middle of poached pear and gingery spice.  Yet for all its richness this is ’08 explicit, with hawthorn and chalk detail.  Now – 2018+.

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