2012 Michel Arnould "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne SKU #1301143


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Tasting Notes

The Carte d'Or from Arnould makes up less than 2% of their small production, and then not every year. Patrick Arnould trades grapes with Delphine Cazals for this wine, which 50% Mesnil Grand Cru from her estate, and 50% old vine Pinot Noir from the Arnould estate in Verzenay. Our allocation is tiny, and this Champagne is capable of very long ageing. -Gary Westby

Staff Reviews

  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    While I've been obsessing over the 2008s, It's great to lift my head and remember the wonderful champagne from vintages to come. 2012, while an extremely tough spring and summer, lead to a miraculously perfect fall. The grapes that made it to the end, although a small amount, are high quality, rich and concentrated. The 2012 Carte D'Or, encompases the vintage's full charater with bold aromatics and finness on the palate. The wine is 50% Mesnil Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their oldest vines in Verzenay. It is filled with notes of tart raspberry and fresh lemon and just a hint of nutty richness.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This “Gold Card” blend from our favorite Verzeney producer Michel Arnould is made from half estate-grown Grand Cru Pinot Noir, half Grand Cru Chardonnay from the Côte de Blancs. The vintage showcases rich, concentrated white-fleshed fruit notes with vibrant acidity and the balance only true craftsmanship and extended aging on the lees can produce.
  • Joe Manekin
    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!


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