With 12% alcohol, the Taillet Champagne Le Bois de Binson, scored 17+ Dionysian points out of 20. It was made from 100% Pinot Meunier (they just call it Meunier now) It’s toasty, mouth-filling with tiny bubbles and a long aftertaste of toast and freshly baked French bread.

They started in just 1956 and already make a top Champagne. It is an NM wine meaning some of the grapes were grown elsewhere, but it was made and bottled at Taillet. I explain all the codes in my book, Wine for Intellectuals available on Amazon.


Meunier used to be just for blending with the Pino Noir, but it makes a delightful Champagne all by itself; the opposite of the Blanc de Blancs.

It’s an Extra Brut (extremely dry) with only 0.2 g/l and the wines came from 2012 and 2013. Its degorgement was in 2017.   This was a food Champagne and could easily hold up to early courses of dinner.  It cost around $75  and was worth it.  In Vino Veritas.