Berry Bros. & Rudd Blanc de Blancs Champagne by Le Mesnil, Grand Cru, Brut

Berry Bros. & Rudd Blanc de Blancs Champagne by Le Mesnil, Grand Cru, Brut

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Berry Bros. & Rudd Blanc de Blancs Champagne by Le Mesnil, Grand Cru, Brut

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A trophy-winner at this year’s International Wine Challenge® awards, unrivalled provenance and over two years’ bottle-ageing, our own-label Blanc de Blancs is – in our eyes – an absolute winner every time. The perfect apéritif for festivities, it has a generous floral nose, a deliciously refreshing, yet rich palate and a clean, satisfying finish.

Under the gifted management of Gilles Marguet, Le Mesnil is making stunning Grand Cru Champagnes from Chardonnay. Located in one of Côte des Blancs’s greatest villages, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it produces Champagnes that are smooth and rich with fine acidity at the basic level; while the vintage wines offer a significant step up, with crisper, richer and fuller fruit that will develop a toasty finesse.
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Le Mesnil

Le Mesnil

Le Mesnil champagne cooperative is located in one of Cote des Blancs' greatest champagne growths, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

It produces champagnes that are smooth and rich with fine acidity at the basic level, the vintage quality is significant step up, with crisper, richer, fuller fruit that will develop a toasty finesse.

Le Mesnil also produces a wonderful prestige cuvee, aptly named 'Sublime' that offers the highest degree of richness, complexity and finesse.

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Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs

In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards located between Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger in Cote de Blancs yield the best examples of the style.

A classic Blanc de Blancs is restrained and elegant when young, yet with ageing it develops a mouth-coating brioche richness that overlays an intense expression of fruitiness. Blanc de Blancs are endowed with longer ageing potential than a typical Blanc de Noirs.

Recommended Producers: Salon, Billecart Salmon, Jacques Selosse, Dom Ruinart, Krug, Le Mesnil Grand CruGuy Larmandier

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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