2008 Champagne Le Mésnil, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru

2008 Champagne Le Mésnil, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru

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2008 Champagne Le Mésnil, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru

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100% Chardonnay from east-facing vineyards with chalk soils. Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks for around 14 days at up to 18°C, followed by malolactic conversion for 85% of the juice. Aged on fine lees for nine months before bottling, with a further five years in bottle. Winemaker Gilles Marguet. TA 4.5 g/l, pH 3.1, RS 9 g/l. Vegan. Natural cork. Bottle weight 745 g. Available from August 2023.

Gutsy, hearty wine that’s obviously champagne but is a tad loose and unfocused on the palate although very heartfelt somehow. I’d happily drink this – and five years on lees are not to be sniffed at.

Drink 2023 - 2025

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (June 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

100% Chardonnay from east-facing vineyards with chalk soils. Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks for around 14 days at up to 18°C, followed by malolactic conversion for 85% of the juice. Aged on fine lees for nine months before bottling, with a further five years in bottle. Winemaker Gilles Marguet. TA 4.5 g/l, pH 3.1, RS 9 g/l. Vegan. Natural cork. Bottle weight 745 g. Available from August 2023.

Gutsy, hearty wine that’s obviously champagne but is a tad loose and unfocused on the palate although very heartfelt somehow. I’d happily drink this – and five years on lees are not to be sniffed at.

Drink 2023 - 2025

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (June 2023)

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About this WINE

Le Mesnil

Le Mesnil

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

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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 often seen as the king 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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