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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.
Le Mesnil Prestige Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Wine Specs
Le Mesnil
Drinking Window
Now - 2027
96pts Champagne XS, 94pts Tyson Stelzer
Alcohol %
750 mL

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.

Matt in Prowein & Champagne 2017
Matt in Prowein & Champagne 2017

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... Click here to see the Champagne houses we currently import and you can check out some articles on our previous expeditions via this search query. Prowein was especially nuts this year, with 6,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries showing their wares (that’s around 4,000 more producers than there are in Australia) and about 60,000 trade visitors tasting and buying.

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Le Mesnil
Le Mesnil

Le Mesnil (or Le Mesnil-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. Le Mesnil is considered to be one of the greatest of the 300 plus villages in all of Champagne and is the source of Krug’s Clos du Mesnil which sells in Australia for around $1600 a bottle. The Krug is produced from a small walled vineyard (as pictured) which was planted several hundred years ago. Wines from the region are all Blanc De Blancs, white wine made from white grapes, Chardonnay specifically. They generally offer a steeliness and intensity which is hard to find elsewhere, often with a suggestion of minerality and chalkiness. Check out the vid of a very small bottling of a secret Cuvee from one of our favourite producers in the region.

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Matt's postcards from Champagne and beyond...
Matt's postcards from Champagne and beyond...

Fun times at Bernard Remy, who had a new wine, Blanc De Noir, 100% Pinot Noir and bloody delicious... pic of a bottle which has quietly been sitting on lees (the dead yeast) for about 4 years, getting tastier and tastier... won't be long before it's time to riddle the bottle, wave goodbye to the yeast and whack a label on it.

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