Moutard for the most wonderful time of the year

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” according to Andy Williams. And of course when he sang, “Be of good cheer,” what was he saying? Of course he’s encouraging us to enjoy our beverage of choice throughout the holidays. I guess it goes without saying that for me it will be wine.

“With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings. When friends come to call.”…What could be better than Champagne? We just received our holiday shipment of Moutard Champagne. If you are not familiar with this small, high quality producer you are missing out. One only has to read what one of the most respected wine writers, Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate had to say.

NV Moutard Brut Grand Cuvee

“I was quite taken back with the wines I tasted from Moutard this year. The NV Brut Grande Cuvee emerges from the glass with high toned notes of Mirabelle plums, kirsch, crushed flowers and sweet herbs. There is an exotic quality to the Grand Cuvee that is totally beguiling. Intensely aromatic and layered through the finish, the Grande Cuvee impresses for its delicate, feminine personality and overall balance.”  90 pts

NV Moutard Brut Rose

“The House’s NV Brut Rose de Cuvasion is another standout. Tar, smoke and game are some of the aromas and flavors that emerge from the glass, adding considerable complexity and nuance. A short maceration on the skins gives this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne its volume and breadth. Richness and sophistication meld together beautifully here. This is a standout from Moutard.”92pts

2005 Moutard Cuvee 6 Cepages

“An exotic melange of dried pears, flowers, herbs, lime, red berries and ginger emerges from Moutard’s 2005 Brut Cuvee des 6 Cepages, one of the few Champagnes made with all six authorized grapes. The Cuvee 6 Cepages is a decidedly exotic, totally beguiling wine loaded with personality. It is a pleasure to taste.” 93pts

So don’t forget what Mr. Williams sang, “There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow” …and you must get some Moutard Champagne to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

IMG_0973Paul Quaglini

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