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Le Mesnil is a cooperative 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 NV, non vintage level; while the vintage wines offer a significant step up, with crisper, richer and fuller fruit that will develop a toasty finesse. Following release, non-vintage wines can be cellared for three to five years and vintage wines for up to 20 years.

This Grand Crus Vintage Le Mesnil has a nose of brioche, butter, hazelnut and citrus, whilst the palate offers a full and rich palate of citrus and nutty flavours with a yeasty complexity, a long finish and well balanced. The mousse has a lovely creaminess with fine bubbles.
*Please note we’ve used an image of the NV Le Mesnil as we’re awaiting the 2013 vintage image.*
ABV 12%
THE VINEYARD

 

The vineyard of Le Mesnil sur Oger has a truly excellent terroir, 100% of its vineyards are ranked as “Grand Cru”. The vineyard is situated at the heart of the prestigious “Côte des Blancs”, so called because of the omnipresence of superb Chardonnay. The white wine made from this grape, with its white skin and flesh is the reason why the appellation is known as the “Blanc de Blancs”. The quality of the vineyards comes from the fact that they are east-facing. With vineyard topsoil over a base layer of chalk the vineyards have excellent hydric qualities thus allowing the chardonnay grape to reach their full potential.

 

This cooperative was set up in 1937 and is situated in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger with over 500 members and 305ha under its ownership. Champagne Le Mesnil is run by winemaker Gilles Marguet and this is certainly where very good quality champagnes are produced at a very reasonable price. Primarily focused on Chardonnay, they also make a small quantity of Rosé . Their prestige cuvée benefits from 35-year-old vines (and older) on south facing slopes, but their non-vintage Brut has an average vine age of 30 years and has south-east facing vineyards.

 

 

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