94 Points - Cellar Tracker Average
94 Insider Points
The Extra Brut Reserve from Mont d’Hor, our new favorite Champagne house, is absolutely stunning, bone dry and lively with fine bubbles and a zesty acidity. Green apple and bartlett pear blend with lemon peel and a bready note on the palate, all elements adding something to the final product. Highly recommended and a must drink. Enjoy now through 2026. 94 Points - JZ Nov '18
A Direct Import worthy of big, bubbly accolades. Even among the amazing sparkling wines we’ve sourced from Europe, this offering stands alone. “The best we have ever brought in,” says invino CEO Danielle Westfall.
Used to be, all of the grapes grown on small family-owned farms in Champagne were purchased by one of the big commercial estates and blended in with countless other vineyards. From The New York Times: “That easy world began to change in the 1990s with a trickle of grower-producers, small farmers who grew their own grapes and made their own wines, into the international market.
Nothing bland about this creamy, apple-infused Champagne with unimagined levels of Pinot Meunier yeastiness and body, ending with a crisp citric note. This sparkler’s fine bead and acidity match a range of foods. Meunier makes for a very rich Champagne, and Mont d’Hor is no exception. This is their newest label, donning winemaker Nicolas Lemaire's namesake on the bottles.
Intense pale and gold colors are enhanced by pure brightness. The mousse is energetic with abundant ultra fine bubbles. Complex and seductive aromas of dried fruits and brioche combined with floral notes. This is further enhanced by the subtle charm of lemon verbena. A precise, elegant and aromatic freshness accentuated by the expression of the quality of the composition. On the palate, there are charming biscuity flavors and white fruits, with a full and harmonious minerality resulting in a sensational balanced finish.
Mont d’Hor is a family estate of around 14 hectares held by the same family for five generations. The family vineyard is located just outside the village of Saint Thierry in the northwestern part of Champagne. The land here as in many of Champagne’s premier zones is gently sloping and the terroir is quite different from other Champagne regions, consisting of less chalk and more clay and sand.
Try a saddle of young rabbit with new vegetables, a double veal chop or, more unexpectedly, soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert or perhaps Comte or Reblochon