2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne SKU #1049419


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Tasting Notes

This fantastic Champagne comes from the villages of Pierry and Moussy in the sud-Epernay subregion of Champagne. Bruno Michel has been organic since 1999 and five of his 37.5 acres are farmed biodynamically. This vintage Brut is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, and it offers stupendous balance between simple enjoyment/drinkability and more intellectual geeked-out notes of wet stone and austere minerality.

Staff Reviews

  • Jordan Stone
    By: Jordan Stone
    K&L Staff Member
    An ultra-low dosage of under 4 grams per liter. It is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier.. It has green apple and citrus notes wrapped with some toasty nutty qualities showing on the finish. Nice acidity should make this a great pairing with food. Or lay down for a special occasion.
  • Sal Rodriguez
    By: Sal Rodriguez
    K&L Staff Member
    We just tried the current release 2002 against a bottle of the '02 that was released 6 years ago, and man can this one age well!! If you're not looking to spend a ton of money on a really great bottle for the cellar, this is it!! Crisp fresh apples and citrus tone, with a nice rush of fresh bread on the nose and leading into the palate. While holding strong with the mineral backbone, there's also a lovely spice that keep things intriguing. It's nearly an hour past our tasting today and the finish is still lingering! There's not much left so get in here and grab one!
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    Made from 45-year-old organically farmed Chardonnay, this vintage Champagne from Bruno Michel is a stunner. Bright aromas of jonquil, sultana and toasted hazelnut lead to a palate of dazzling complexity. Herbaceous and dusty spice notes commingle with ripe flavors of golden apple on the voluptuous palate, which is tempered by a clean, focused minerality.
  • Cliff Spinola
    By: Cliff Spinola
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're looking for a big hitter in the mid-priced range of Champagnes, you've found it! I got some vanilla bean on the nose, tart green apple on the front palate, and a savory, medium-long finish. It is quite subtle at first, but continues to build as it opens and warms up in the glass.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    I ended up buying two bottles of this wine before tasting it. The excitement from Gary when the bottles arrived was enough for me! Today we were able to taste and I am now equally as excited! 70% Chardonnay that comes from 45+ year old vines and 30% Meunier (my favorite!) that comes from 75+ year old wines. The wine has depth with notes of crushed red apple, puff pastry and savory, earthy character while focused acidity makes your mouth water from start to finish. While the wine is expressing a beautiful age character, I am planning to keep mine for a few more years to see how they develop.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    I just tried this wine (again) today (8/5) at a staff tasting and it is magnificent! We have had releases of this over the past several years and this latest one has an ultra-low dosage of under 4 grams per liter. It is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier. The Chardonnay comes from vines that are 45 years old and the Pinot Meunier is from vines that are over 70 years old! Despite the low dosage and amazing acidity, this wine is amazingly rich, balanced and elegant. We likened it here to lemon cheesecake! A wonderful effort from a great winemaker!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    As with all Bruno Michel's wines this is very interesting. He works Biodynamically and the wines are generally slightly on the esoteric side. The nose of this wine has an intriguing Pecorino cheese note, a touch of saline character that also shows through on the palate. It has bright green apple and citrus notes wrapped with some more toasty rich hazelnut character showing on the finish. Complex and intriguing, more of a food orientated wine than a simple sipper. Enjoy!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the top wines tasted on my April trip was the 2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne which is a new disgorgement. This current batch has four more years on the lees than the first bottles that we sold, and the dosage has been dropped to 5.6 grams per liter. This wine is so creamy and perfect texturally that it is easy to get carried away with. The honeyed pastry nose has a little hint of vanilla from the barrel vinification, but the chalky drive balances it perfectly. The pineapple like, subtle fruit of this great Champagne remind me so much of Meursault but the mineral finish could only be Champagne. Don’t miss this one.
    Drink from 2013 to 2032
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    2002 may very well be the finest all around vintage in Champagne since the trio of great vintages in the late 1980’s – 1988,1989,1990. Combining lively acidity with dense, powerfully concentrated fruit, the 2002 vintage invites comparisons with the fabled 1990 vintage. The 2002 Bruno Michel "Cuvee Millésime" Brut Champagne is a great example of the best of what the vintage has to offer. Tightly wound and complex yet richly textured, this wine is the epitome of restrained opulence. Lightly floral notes of acacia and wet stone give way to sweet, baked apple and cinnamon spice. A hint of brioche graces the very dry finish. While this wine can be enjoyed on its own (if you are in a particularly pensive mood), it will be at its best when paired with food. Try it with roast chicken or sole meunière, or, for a real treat, a bowl of lightly salted, freshly popped popcorn.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    A luxery Champagne at an affordable price. Bruno Michel 2002 is full bodied with layers of wonderful bright flavors. While it has nice fruit, it ends with a nice dry crisp finish. The 2002 Cuvee Millesime drinks very good now but could also be aged for a few more years.
  • Sarah Covey
    By: Sarah Covey
    K&L Staff Member
    WOW. Big wow. This 2002 vintage champagne is earthy, mushroom-y, woodsy and complex. Great acidity: like a mouth-watering tart green apple! Think risotto with mushrooms and asparagus, a hearty chicken pot pie with fat chunks of potato & veggies, or crab stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer- this wine will shine and make you look GOOD as the host! Snap it up for elegant entertaining this winter!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Bruno Michel is one of my favorite producers in our DI program. Every time I read my tasting notes for one of these wines, it says something like - Pouilly Fuisse with bubble or in the case of the rose, Gevrey Chambertin with bubbles. The 2002 is broad shoulders on a sinewy frame - Chablis Les Clos with bubbles. Terrific stuff and built for the long haul.
  • Chiara Shannon
    By: Chiara Shannon
    K&L Staff Member
    When tasting this enchanting Champagne at our last staff tasting, the conclusions were, "definitely a 'geek' wine." In wine-land, this is a high compliment. It means that the wine possesses qualities that are uniquely and fascinatingly its own, and that you will be hard-pressed to find something similar. I love the tangy nose of yeast and fennel, the crisp, focused palate, and the finish full of surprises - mandarin orange? lemon zest? Encountering wines like this - that enhance one's taste experience, are the reason why I love this business (and this Champagne).


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