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Les Barres Extra Brut Champagne Pinot Noir

9.4146 ratings
9.567 pro ratings
Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Not sure what to believe here as I understood “Les Barres” to be 100% ungrafted Pinot Meunier but the label states this is 100% Pinot Noir. To my palate, it tastes like the former. Regardless, this pours with a strikingly pale straw color and a persistent mousse. The nose is somewhat reticent but I also believe it was served too cold. On the palate, whoa. The first thing that hits is the minerals. Then it’s the bright lemon citrus fruit mixed with red berries. After that, it’s minerals, and then more minerals. So chalky and saline with fantastic acid. The finish is long and steely. A nerdy Champagne and certainly not for the faint of heart. Don’t serve this too cold! Disgorged June 2019.

Not sure what to believe here as I understood “Les Barres” to be 100% ungrafted Pinot Meunier but the label states this is 100% Pinot Noir. To my palate, it tastes like the former. Regardless, this pours with a strikingly pale straw color and a persistent mousse. The nose is somewhat reticent but I also believe it was served too cold. On the palate, whoa. The first thing that hits is the minerals. Then it’s the bright lemon citrus fruit mixed with red berries. After that, it’s minerals, and then more minerals. So chalky and saline with fantastic acid. The finish is long and steely. A nerdy Champagne and certainly not for the faint of heart. Don’t serve this too cold! Disgorged June 2019.

Jul 1st, 2021
Gerald Montoya

Broad with a quick bite of cherry-like acidity on the front of the palate and tangy yellow fruit in the mid palate followed by brioche and toast. Beautiful bottle of wine.

Broad with a quick bite of cherry-like acidity on the front of the palate and tangy yellow fruit in the mid palate followed by brioche and toast. Beautiful bottle of wine.

Jan 1st, 2021
Ira Schwartz

Seems like I’m on a Pinot Meunièr streak.
A cherry and almond nose. Similar to the Dehu the aromas are a nose magnet. Like a vice on the palate , great mineral and fruit interplay that screamed for food. Wish I knew how they age , certainly appears to have the raw materials to do so.

Seems like I’m on a Pinot Meunièr streak.
A cherry and almond nose. Similar to the Dehu the aromas are a nose magnet. Like a vice on the palate , great mineral and fruit interplay that screamed for food. Wish I knew how they age , certainly appears to have the raw materials to do so.

Mar 21st, 2018
Daniel McGeough

Always blows my mind!!!

Always blows my mind!!!

Mar 20th, 2018
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.5

Does Meunier get better?

Does Meunier get better?

1 person found it helpfulMay 7th, 2018
Ryan Mullins

Yeasty and super deep. Round and toasty. Screaming "I was made with Noir grapes mother fucker!"

Yeasty and super deep. Round and toasty. Screaming "I was made with Noir grapes mother fucker!"

Feb 13th, 2017
Chad Bowman

Sales LDF Sales

9.7

It is almost unfair to compare this to all other wines. Delicious.

It is almost unfair to compare this to all other wines. Delicious.

Nov 24th, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

100% Pinot Meunier (and 100% awesome!)

100% Pinot Meunier (and 100% awesome!)

Nov 18th, 2016
Nico J. Snyman

Degorgement 05/2013, 100% Munier, slight copper hue, quite intense/rich for Extra Brut, great complexity, slight phenols on the finish which makes sense considering the varietal. Great food champagne.

Degorgement 05/2013, 100% Munier, slight copper hue, quite intense/rich for Extra Brut, great complexity, slight phenols on the finish which makes sense considering the varietal. Great food champagne.

Sep 17th, 2016
Coltin Short

Best champagne I have had in a while. 100% ungrafted Meunier vines.

Best champagne I have had in a while. 100% ungrafted Meunier vines.

Jul 25th, 2016