2007 Champagne Le Mesnil, Cuvée Prestige, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Brut
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Le Mesnil Champagne cooperative is located in one of "Côte 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 cuvée, aptly named 'Sublime' that offers the highest degree of richness, complexity and finesse.
Discover the story behind our Own Selection Blanc de Blancs Champagne, made for us by Le Mesnil. Read more
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 Cru, Guy Larmandier
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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2007 was a vintage which favoured Chardonnay, and produced many top-level cuvées. The Les Mesnil Cuvée Prestige is made exclusively from the legendary chalky, Grand Cru vineyards, close to the winery in the Cote des Blancs’s most famous postcode; Le Mesnil sur Oger. The Blanc de Blancs is fermented at low temperatures in cement and steel to retain purity of fruit and vintage personality, and spent 9 years on lees gaining complexity and fine, tight bubbles. The texture is firmly Grand Cru, with mineral edges and notes of golden apple, roasted lemon and the salty chew of caramel shortbread. The Prestige 2007 is a work of art and offers brilliant value considering it is made from some of the regions finest terroirs. Drink with mixed canapés, cheesy biscuits or for the ultimate experience, turbot and a white butter sauce.
Davy Żyw, Wiine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Oct 2022)
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