A Grower Producer (owns the vineyards and makes the wine from those vineyards) based in the fantastic Grand Cru village of Mesnil since 1919. They have just over 18 hectare including Mensil, Oger, Avize and Cremant. They make wines of remarkable power, weight and complexity. A must try for people who want to know what Champagne is all about.
This wine is a Blanc de Blanc which means 100% Chardonnay and so offers all those lean, chalky, stone fruit and mineral characters you would expect. A crisp and refreshing style that makes a great impression. I have no doubt this wine will age well for 5-10 years.
Champagne – A wine region of France approximately 160km East of Paris. It is also the name of the wines produced from the area. Most famously it is a sparkling wine that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged on lees. Although there is the occasional still wine you can find around particularly Pinot Noir. The fantastically named Bouzy Rouge is one such example. There are very few single vintage, single vineyard, single variety Champagnes (I can only name one and it was produced only 47 times between 1900 and 1999). Why? Due to the large area the region covers, and the challenging weather the houses blended wines to produce a consistent and reliable product every year. This is where the growers come in. They relish the chance to show off vintage variation and small plot wines.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation. In a Champagne context Chard can add mineral flavours, stone fruits and acidity along with some weight of fruit.