Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne SKU #1022679

$49.99

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Tasting Notes

This fantastic Champagne comes from the villages of Pierry and Moussy in the sud-Epernay sub-region of Champagne. Bruno Michel has been organic since 1999. This Champagne is composed of 53% Meunier and 47% Chardonnay, 70% from the 2006 harvest, 14% from the 2005 harvest and 16% from 2004. It is one of the most balanced Champagnes in our stock, with an effortless quality that is almost impossible to describe or resist. It has great toast and spiced apple aromas and flavors and a crisp dry finish. It is dosed at a very light nine grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    12/7/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    I tried this at K&L Champagne buyer Gary Westby’s suggestion and I’m glad I did. It’s not every day a wine gives you a veritable “Wow” moment, but this one took me aback. Bruno Michel has been a pioneer in organic, biodynamic vine growing since the 1980s, and apparently putting prodigious amounts of tender love and care into them makes a stunningly good bottle of bubbly. Roughly half Meunier, half Chardonnay, the aroma profile is unique and complex: sweet flaky pastry, lemon zest and a hint of cocoa melded together by a rich lees quality. The acidity doesn’t necessarily stick out, but rather gives the wine the perfect sense of balance, tying together all the rich and complex flavors of quince, toasted pie crust, cloves and baked apples perfectly. They may not have the marketing power of the “Grand Marques” but Bruno Michel’s champagnes would stand up to the very best of them in any tasting panel.
  • Daniel Maas
    By: Daniel Maas
    12/23/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne is one of the most perfectly balanced bottles I've tried in quite awhile, especially notable with it being such a complex blend of both Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, as well as various vintages. Vibrant apple and pear notes, crisp bubbles, and a long finish make this a winner at twice the price.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    8/28/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    Such an amazing champagne for such an extraordinary price! This champagne is one of my favorites regardless of how low the price is, but when you factor in how beautiful this wine is for only $34.99, you wonder if its too good to be true!!! So incredibly delicate and elegant with such subtle layers, you wonder if its too sophisticated for everyone to understand.
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    8/7/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    The Bruno Michel wines always deliver, but the "Blanche" with 6 years on the lees will surely please. The bouquet shows toasty baked apple with hints of nutmeg spice and ginger. On the palate the wine has a rich and creamy mid-palate with refreshing acidity and a persistent, long finish. Great bubbles, with that kind of lees age, for $35? Yeah, buddy!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    8/6/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    This 50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Meunier blend, which is aged over four years on the lees, remains one of my all-time favorite Champagnes we stock here at K&L. This dry bubbly is rich and full with wonderful sweetness to the spiced apple fruit. The finish is so long, complex and persistent you will compare it to bottles costing three to four times as much. Super quality and super bang for the buck here.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    8/6/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    UPDATE... This recent batch, based on the 2006 vintage, with an incredible 6 years of time on the lees (good luck finding another Champagne for this price with as much lees ageing and overall balance), is damn good. As always the nose is bright, pure and friendly, inviting. On the palate there fruit is bigger and spicier than I recall, but still balanced by fresh acidity due to Bruno Michel's cooler vineyard sites. I have a review from a previous disgorgement below for some context: This is arguably, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most versatile and satisfying Champagne in the store. So bright tasting, with good minerality and delicious, juicy fruit. A colleague put it well when she called this champagne "friendly." I completely agree. It is indeed friendly, without sacrificing originality or wine geek appeal. One to always have on hand around the house (especially if you're inviting me over!)
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    8/6/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    I really like this wine, the nose is bursting with spiced apple brioche that just explodes out of your glass (use a BIG glass like we do, no flutes!)and continues on across the palate. The Blanche has such a unique expression of high acid and richness coupled with lots of age you can please edgy purists and those looking for more richness. Excellent finish, supple mousse, such a deal for the price!
    Drink from 2014 to 2016
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    8/6/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    Stunning wine. Racy, pure, mineral infused Champagne with endless drive and verve. This wine always has such focus and vibrancy. Not a heavy toasty wine, rather one that has elegance, beautiful length and persistence on the palate. A fantastic aperitif wine with mouthwatering acidity and freshness. You need to try this Champagne for your next dinner party, it is very hard to beat at this price.
    Top Value!
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    8/2/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I am just one in a long line of staff members at K&L to fall head over heels for this wine. It is the balance of mineral freshness with the pure and elegant fruit qualities that really set this wine apart. Great for the wine geek, and any sort of setting. Really delicious.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    6/20/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I drank this fantastic Champagne on my birthday on Tomales bay - eating oysters’ right out of the beds where they grew, and I drank it out of magnum with caviar on New Years Eve 2008/2009. This wine is very worthy of the most special occasions despite its reasonable price; it is silky yet bracing, complex yet gulpable - it really has it all. It is a truly affordable luxury!
    Top Value!
  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    5/30/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Each time the Bruno Michel Blanche retuns to stock the staff becomes a bit giddy to both sell and consume quite a few bottles. Bruno Michel is one of our DI estates that is very, very proud of their meunier and are not afraid to show it. So very complex, this wine shows notes apple, citrus, mineral,toast and balanced all in harmony.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    11/24/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    This has been my recent number one go-to champagne: I had a bottle with a friend at dinner, and then 2 days later had another to start a party, and I am buying a third tonight just because! Pretty spiced apple, white flowers, and citrus, with medium acid & a fine bubble structure. Very pleasant and quite friendly for such a complex wine. A lot of fun as a conversation starter at a cocktail party!
    Top Value!
  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    10/4/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my quintessential Holiday Party Champagne, and it aims to please! Not too big and over-the-top, and not to light and lean either, its just right! Made from almost half Chardonnay and half Pinot Meunier graps giving it lots of depth and great texture on the palate. This is the bell of the ball as far as I'm concerned. This lovely bubbly is feminine yet sexy and bold at the same time. Its bright and fresh character gives it a friendly quality that can be sipped on and enjoyed all day and all night long! This is heaven in a flute!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    9/29/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    For longtime fans of Moet White Star or Veuve Cliquot this is the perfect introduction to grower producer Champagnes. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from Pierry south of Epernay, the Bruno Michel "Cuvee Blanche" offers lightly toasty, classic "brioche" character, a creamy texture, and crisp, ripe apple notes supported by a firm mineral backbone. This is superb Champagne at a great price.
  • Jeremy Bohrer
    By: Jeremy Bohrer
    7/30/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    What a wonderful wine. Elegant but bold, powerful yet sensitive. Delicious!
  • Chiara Shannon
    By: Chiara Shannon
    2/28/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    Whether you are looking for a special bottle to pop open to toast an occasion, or to give as a gift to a Champagne-loving friend, few options rival the Bruno Michel Blanche Brut in balance, sophictication and class for the price. Lemon curd and subtle toasty notes on the nose lead to a layered palate held together by mouthwatering acidity and layers of leesy flavors. Dry and incredibly balanced.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    2/28/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best non-vintage bubbles we have. Complex and dry, this does not need a special occasion!

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Customer Reviews

  • By: Ryan Owen 10/20/2012

    Pure, bright, clean- if she were a girl, I'd name her Sunshine. Too much fun for $35. My day was brighter because I opened her.

  • By: Susan Purnell 2/21/2009

    The Bruno Michel Blanche Brut is one of my favorite Champagnes to always have in my home. It is light and fresh and not too acidic and one that everyone can enjoy. Perfect with a nice fresh crab salad or to just to sip on before dinner!

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