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N.V. Francis Boulard Champagne Les Murgiers Extra Brut

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  • France
  • Champagne

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  • GrapeScott wrote: 90 points

    December 22, 2019 - Disgorged in September, 2015, from 2012 base with 30% 2010/11. Boulard is one of my favorite houses, along with Prevost, Collin, Vilmart, Chartogne-Tailllet, Suenen and Savart. While current vintages of this cuvée are now brut nature, this bottling was an extra brut. Not sure of the dosage, but I would guess it is pretty close to zero. I have a soft spot for Meunier, and this is a lovely expression of the grape. Dry and crisp, with some marzipan and poached pear on the nose, and a citrusy midpalate. Not the most complex, but still lovely.

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  • guillermo- commented:

    9/7/21, 6:01 AM - Thank you for the note. Regarding your comment that current disgorgements are now Brut Nature, I just want to note that Phil Trotter reported on the Wine Berserkers board that he reached out to Mme Delphine Richard (a.k.a Delphine Boulard) about this in August of last year. She was nice enough to confirm that since 2001 there have always been 2 dosages for the Les Murgiers cuvée. Her dad, Francis, always wanted to produce an Extra-Brut and a Brut Nature of Les Murgiers with the Brut Nature being a smaller production. However, cellar management became a little too complex so Mme Richard made the call to restrict this to a single dosage in 2015. But, that single dosage could vary from Brut Nature to Extra-Brut depending on the vintage and her mood. So your confusion, mine, and everyone else’s is understandable, but we can presume that there will always be “current” disgorgements/releases of both types, just from different years.

  • GrapeScott commented:

    9/7/21, 6:23 AM - Thanks Guillermo, this is useful information! Coincidentally, I just opened my last bottle of Rachais (vintage '07, disgorged in '13) this weekend and it was beautiful. I'll get around to posting my notes on CT at some point.

  • guillermo- commented:

    9/7/21, 7:34 AM - My pleasure. Looking forward to it.

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