L. Bénard-Pitois Brut Carte Blanche Premier Cru

Laurent Bénard crafts terroir-driven champagnes from old vines that encapsulate the power and definition of the majestic pinot noir of the great village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. There is a zesty edge of lemon offset by the complexity of brioche, ginger and white pepper. A concentrated, poised style with a clean, dry, long finish and chalky, salty minerality. $56 at Cloudwine.