NV Michel Arnould & Fils Reserve Brut Champagne Grande Cru

At around 7:00pm on December 31 it became clear that none of my wino friends would be joining me to ring in the new year so I decided to tone it down a bit. We drank NV Mumm's Napa Blanc de Noirs (which, at $11.70/bottle from Safeway is still a screaming deal) with dinner and as midnight approached got into some of this.

I must say I was a bit apprehensive at first. I love lots of grower-producer Champagnes but this was really pushed at K&L and I was told it was a direct import. If you have worked in the wine industry you know that, and this is especially true of Champagne where the markup often is less than 50% on normal bottles, stores make much more money on direct imports than they do off of wines bought via distributers.

As soon as I popped the cork I was saddened that I had not bought a case outright.

This is a brilliant $30 NV Champagne. Hazelnuts galore, with sea salt, butterscotch, and dry Sherry on the nose. The palate has the same flavors with just a hint of orange zest and asain pear for some fruit, but this is a mineral/bread/yeast dominated Champagne to be sure. Great mousse. Lots of medium-fine bubbles that seem perfectly spaced. Very long finish. At least 40 seconds. The pinnicle of heresey -- having had the new label Krug Grand Cuvee 3 times, without doing an A/B comparison, I cannot say, in good consious, that this isn't actually the better wine. It is certainly better than Bollinger SC, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, etc. 93
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Originally posted by winetarelli:

The pinnicle of heresey -- having had the new label Krug Grand Cuvee 3 times, without doing an A/B comparison, I cannot say, in good consious, that this isn't actually the better wine. It is certainly better than Bollinger SC, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, etc. 93


Hum... I must try this.

93, what would you score Krug Grand Cuvee and Bollinger Special Cuvee?

Thanks for the tasting note.
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93, what would you score Krug Grand Cuvee and Bollinger Special Cuvee?

Thanks for the tasting note.


I've scored the new label NV Krug 92.5 and 93. (Old label got up to a 94 at one point in my book.)

Bolly SC I've had so many times but not recently... but I'd say it has always been 91-92.5, I don't recall it ever being quite as good as this was on this night.
Tasted again tonight...

Very good value, not as good as last time.

I guess miniscule grower-producers that get direct imported will have some bottle variation...

Muted nose of apples, honey, orange rind and hazenuts. The palate is very light with apples, dry honey, hazelnuts, and brown spices. The finish is long but yet somehow a bit watery. This is still better than any mjor house's $30 Champagne, but this bottle is not the giant killer the first bottle was. 90.5
Hey, it was 2:52am... it was *early* when I posted that! I had another good 20 minutes of awake! Big Grin

Hopefully youy guys will all get bottles like my first, and not like my second. But this bottle wasn't BAD it just was, ok/good. Eitehr way, I'm sure you'll make us of them Wink
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Skoshy and wiml, we need to taste this Champagne soon! Smile

Skoshy did you get yours last night from wiml?


Yep. She has hers and I have yours. Wink



Okay, we need one of you to open one SOON, as mine are still in wiml's (thanks) cellar! Wink
w+a,

Here ya go. What else would I be doing on such a lovely afternoon in North Texas other than sipping champagne? Wink

N.V. Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Verzenay, Champagne (2/10/2008)
WIML90

Tasted February 10, 2008. 12% alcohol. Opened and served immediately. Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout with vibrant, tiny beading. Somewhat exotic nose of gingersnap cookies, cardomon and toasted brioche. Flavors of tart yellow apples, pears and a little ginger on the finish framed with a vibrant mousse. Bright acidity, medium body. Medium to long, straightforward finish. Drink over the short term. Recommended as a good QPR NV champagne based on the $29.99 per bottle purchase price. (90 pts.)
The skosh's and w+a's enjoyed a bottle of this wine recently on the patio.

I'm thinking there may be a little bottle variation going on, as I thought our bottle was showing more like winetarelli first bottle. Cool

I enjoyed this wine more and more as it warmed up. A wonderful dose of nut, yeast, mineral and ginger, with apple, pear and a touch of honey showing.

I'm very glad we bought a case, and will buy more if my next bottle shows this well.

A fantastic $30 bottle of wine.
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Originally posted by winetarelli:


This is a brilliant $30 NV Champagne. Hazelnuts galore, with sea salt, butterscotch, and dry Sherry on the nose. The palate has the same flavors with just a hint of orange zest and asain pear for some fruit, but this is a mineral/bread/yeast dominated Champagne to be sure. Great mousse. Lots of medium-fine bubbles that seem perfectly spaced. Very long finish. At least 40 seconds. The pinnicle of heresey -- having had the new label Krug Grand Cuvee 3 times, without doing an A/B comparison, I cannot say, in good consious, that this isn't actually the better wine. It is certainly better than Bollinger SC, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, etc. 93



I had forgotten that I split a case of this with wiml and skoshy. Wiml was keeping it in his cellar for me (along with other wine) and Joe brought me one last week to an offline for T-Dub.

WOW! I had a bottle like winetarelli first one. What a great, GREAT bottle of wine. I have nothing to add to his tasting note, except I would give this bottle 94+, with ease.
N.V. Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Verzenay, Champagne (2/11/2009)
WIML91+

Tasted February 11, 2009 at an offline.

Opened and served immediately. Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout with fine, steady beading. Nose of yellow apples, pears and a bit of lemon zest. Flavors of yellow apples, pears and a bit of lemon on the medium finish. Bright acidity, medium to full body. Drink or hold. Pretty consistent with previous bottles but a tad fuller on the palate this time. (91 pts.)
Decided to open this also last night, and glad we did.

This bottle was smoking. Cool

If you enjoy Pinot (66%) based Champagne, seek this producer out. While this is a very new Champagne, (1961) the family was selling their Grand Cru fruit to several of the major House's for generations.

So much wine for the money, and delivers what I enjoy when I'm in the mood for a Pinot based Champagne.

Great stuff, and will be seeking out more today. Smile
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by winetarelli:


This is a brilliant $30 NV Champagne. Hazelnuts galore, with sea salt, butterscotch, and dry Sherry on the nose. The palate has the same flavors with just a hint of orange zest and asain pear for some fruit, but this is a mineral/bread/yeast dominated Champagne to be sure. Great mousse. Lots of medium-fine bubbles that seem perfectly spaced. Very long finish. At least 40 seconds. The pinnicle of heresey -- having had the new label Krug Grand Cuvee 3 times, without doing an A/B comparison, I cannot say, in good consious, that this isn't actually the better wine. It is certainly better than Bollinger SC, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, etc. 93



I had forgotten that I split a case of this with wiml and skoshy. Wiml was keeping it in his cellar for me (along with other wine) and Joe brought me one last week to an offline for T-Dub.

WOW! I had a bottle like winetarelli first one. What a great, GREAT bottle of wine. I have nothing to add to his tasting note, except I would give this bottle 94+, with ease.


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Decided to open this also last night, and glad we did.

This bottle was smoking.

If you enjoy Pinot (66%) based Champagne, seek this producer out. While this is a very new Champagne, (1961) the family was selling their Grand Cru fruit to several of the major House's for generations.

So much wine for the money, and delivers what I enjoy when I'm in the mood for a Pinot based Champagne.

Great stuff, and will be seeking out more today.


SO glad you are enjoying this W+A. I remember when I first wrote my original TN I was like, "is this for real" -- is this really as good as I thik it is?

Glad others think so, too! Big Grin
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Originally posted by winetarelli:


SO glad you are enjoying this W+A. I remember when I first wrote my original TN I was like, "is this for real" -- is this really as good as I thik it is?

Glad others think so, too! Big Grin


There are certain palates I trust, and others I run from. Wink
N.V. Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Verzenay, Champagne (7/7/2009)

Opened at the start of the 4th Chicago Steak Out at Otis' house. From magnum. 2nd time I have had this. Slightly less crisp this time around. Creamy texture with peach and a distinct nutty character. 89 points.

VM
NV Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Verzenay, Champagne (11/30/2012)

This was the first of the 2 bottles that I bought last January for $17. I've had the Arnould GC Reserve on 3 other occasions in 2009 and before. This was the best of them. Very aromatic with bread dough nuances. Moderate bead. Clean with fresh citrus and hazelnut notes. 91 points.

VM
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
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Originally posted by Danyull:
The current release is all 2008 fruit and it's AMAZEBALLS. I love this at $35. Kinda like a mini-Krug.

Do these bottles have a disgorgement date? If so what was it?

VM


Not that I can tell. Bottom of the bottle is etched 5-1306-115 which to me means nothing.

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