Le Mesnil Prestige Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006

The 'Prestige' Grand Cru is made without malolactic fermentation, a technique reserved for the best Champagnes which have the fruit intensity to develop on lees in the bottle for many years before release. In this vintage we found concentrated green apple and blossoms, Brioche, choux pastry, chalkiness, and bready notes derived from many years ageing on yeast in the bottle. This is potent, energized champagne, powerful, penetrating and persistent.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs

RegionChampagne, France
WineryLe Mesnil
WinemakerLe Mesnil
Alcohol %12.5
Size750 mL
Bling96pts 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.


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