|Bling||96pts Champagne XS|
Allow us to prattle on a little more about this...
Le Mesnil is the name of perhaps the best Growers Cooperative Champagne House in all of Champagne. Beginning in 1937, they now draw on the resources of 553 different growers, all of whom have their vineyards in Le Mesnil Sur Oger, one of just 17 Grand Cru Vineyards (out of 318 vineyards in the region). Grand Cru is essentially the best of the best and Le Mesnil is considered by many to be the King of Champagne Villages. Its chalk-rich soils and almost exclusive plantings of Chardonnay result in wines with a profound minerality and piercing clarity of fruit.
The Le Mesnil cooperative has the benefit of scale. Their quality is unquestionable too, supplying Krug and Salon for instance whose Le Mesnil offerings retail for $600 and $1600 per bottle respectively. The net result is truly exceptional Champagne at stunning prices.
We packed Matt off to Prowein and Champagne again this year to hunt down some quality reds from Europe and perhaps another Champagne producer or 2 to add to the 3 awesome producers we already import......
Le Mesnil (or Le Menil-sur Oger if you want the whole mouthful) is a Grand Cru Village within the famed Cote Des Blancs sub region of Champagne that we spent a bit of time in while hunting for Champers....
A collection of postcards from our Wine Buyer Matt on his recent trip to Champagne and Prowein - we're pretty jealous back here in Radelaide......