By: Joe Manekin
K&L Staff Member
Arnould's Carte d'Or is fantastic stuff. While I realize I may be preaching to the choir if you are already on this product page, please allow me to tempt you/fill you in if this is a new name for you! The Montagne de Reims village of Verzenay, home base for Michel Arnould, is Pinot Noir country - grand cru Pinot Noir country at that. The wine from here is distinctive even in Arnould's NV bottlings, though in as strong a vintage as 2012 - a consensus pick for one of the best vintages of the last twenty among Champagne growers - the wine simply becomes a must have. Nutty aromas show fruit, though the nose to me is more savory than fruit forward. The palate is all about balance: complete, nicely dry, some golden fruits and still with years of development ahead of it. I could bore you about the virtues of ageing Champagne, far more effective however would be to purchase some of these and crack open a bottle or two every so often over the course of several years, or much, much longer!