Pehu-Simonet, Brut Grand Cru ‘Face Nord’ Verzenay

Terry Theise and Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY.  

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay from grand cru sites in Verzenay, Verzy, and Sillery in the Montagne de Reims. 70% base vintage 2014 and 30% perpetual reserve solera started in 2005. Raised mostly in steel with 20% seeing used barrique. No malo. Aged in bottle 30 months. Disgorged: January 2018. Ecocert certified organic.

Yellow-gold. It comes at you offering layers without hesitation, cordite and red apple fleshiness with a mineral glint dead center. It’s crunchy but well filled, has a core of sustained concentration, and elegance to the shape of its peppery second half. Now – 2030.

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