Michel Arnould "La Grande Cuvée" Brut
Definitely on the sweeter side, but just delicious. I had only had the basic NV, this step up is still only $40 and it has more depth. Buttered brioche, cashews, almonds, pears and a lint of lemon. Rich, fuller bodied... and scarcely "Brut". Having been drinking mostly extra bruts recently, this was a bit shocking -- but it isn't off-putting once the startle wears off. Long finish. Definitely more hedonistically tasty than elegant or refined. $40, Michel Arnould strikes again with killer value. Highly recommended for the price.