Jose Michel Special Club Champagne 2014
One of the best buys for Special Club Champagne, Period. These are our last bottles of the fantastic 2014 Special Club, which remains the unbeatable best buy for the category. Most examples of Special Club have increased in pricing, with many now over $100 a bottle. Special club Champagne is one of the few Champagnes that guarantee quality because making it into and staying part of the Special Club is quite rigorous. This is an incredible bottle for the money, and we have a limited amount due to arrive soon in March.
Jose Michel Special Club remains the best buy for Special Club Champagne. In its humble, low-key demeanor, Jose Michel’s Special Club, as Champagne guru Richard Juhlin notes, is alongside Krug as one of the most iconic wines that feature Pinot Meunier. They are now, of course, joined by Jerome Prevost, Hugues Godme, and Egly Ouriet, among others, on the Montagne de Reims. In Jose Michel’s cellars, however, you can see greatness with this grape going back to the 1950s, if not even further, as masters of Pinot Meunier and one of the few Special Clubs to feature this grape so prominently. This Champagne features the Domaines oldest vines and is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, with the PM vines up to a century old and the Chardonnay in the 60-year range. A Champagne of density and depth, though, it always shows a surprising amount of refinement and elegance, traits that catch us off guard each year and is very refined in its youth but builds depth and complexity with time in the bottle. 2014 is fantastic, and we have enjoyed a few bottles since its release. This latest round is coming directly from the Domaine, and it is not a Special Club to miss.