Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru Brut ($34.99)
Clear golden color reflects Pinot in the blanc de noir cuvée; an impressive fountain of microscopic bubbles lasts and lasts. Ripe and zesty fruit aroma begins focused on fruit, apples and lemons and a hint of honey, with Pinot "milk chocolate" becoming more evident with time in the glass. Bone-dry flavors, abundant fruit and a creamy, medium-bodied texture, with a pleasant acidic tang in the finish. US Importer: Supervine Wine Co. LLC, Lexington, Ky., and other regional importers (Dec 31, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: Forward but balanced fruit makes this an exceptionally good food companion; fine with New Year's Eve oyster stew.
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