Grapes: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay
Geography: Champagne, France
Produced from holdings in the premier-cru villages of Vrigny, Pargny, and Coulomme, â€œHeri-Hodieâ€? (in Latin, â€œYesterday-Todayâ€?â€”a reference both to the familyâ€™s long history as vignerons and to the solera which forms a significant portion of this cuvÃ©e) is composed primarily of Pinot Meunier (60%), with smaller amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (20% each). The current releaseâ€”a blend of 50% 2014-vintage wine and 50% wine from Ericâ€™s solera (which he fills halfway with a new vintage each year, and which he began in the early 1990s)â€”spent three years on its lees before disgorgement and received a very small three-grams-per-liter dosage. Pinot Meunierâ€™s exuberant, zesty personality comes through loud and clear in this forward yet nicely taut wine, one whose earth-tinged flavors wear the imprint of their terroir proudly.