Le Mesnil Sublime Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2012

$110.00
The 'Sublime' Grand Cru is an exquisite vintage which offers an exceptionally fine mousse or bead. The nose offers incredible richness and intensity with aromas of, baked bread, cashew and citrus zest, fresh mushroom and toasty notes to finish. Typical of Le Mesnil this offers all of the hallmark chalkiness and minerality of the Cote Des Blancs but with more richness than is traditional. The palate offers creaminess, brioche, grilled cashew, almonds and exceptional concentration. The finish is complex and very long indeed.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs

RegionChampagne, France
WineryLe Mesnil
WinemakerLe Mesnil
Vintage2012
Alcohol %12.5
Size750 mL
Bling94pts 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.

Customer Reviews

Champagne Le Mesnil Sublime Grand Cru 2012

The commune of Le Mesnil houses a sacred 4.5ha walled plot of Chardonnay vines (owned by Krug) around which, the buildings of the village form a protective barrier. Whilst the fruit from this vineyard is destined for one of the most expensive Champagnes, the nearby vineyards are amongst the finest of the Cotes des Blancs and from which some of the best Cuvees are created, especially those lead by Chardonnay.

The co-operative of Champagne Le Mesnil was established in 1937, a relative new-comer in the chronology of the region. But with access to exceptional Grand Cru fruit, expertise and efficiencies, Champagne Le Mesnil are creating complex and delicious wines. The flagship bears an uncanny, perhaps somewhat (at first impression) self-apotheosising name i.e, “Sublime”. It’s the vinous equivalent of the Skoda Superb or Volvo Excellence…… it’s a risky move if you don’t deliver on your promise. After tasting the Sublime Grand Cru 2012, I assure you, the wine lives up to its personally-anointed hype.

White florals and lemon jump out of my glass on the nose. A flinty, oyster shell acidity spans out to a rounder, richer mouthfeel of citrus blossom and white peach. A moorish, saline character tempts you back again and again to the wine, with no cloying sweetness nor heavy yeast autolysis to weigh down the palate. It’s tight and precise but not so linear it lacks the layers and personality. A beautifully made wine with a life ahead of it.

The name, maketh the Champagne.

94 Points
Steve Dundon, @Champagne XS
Jan, 2019

Steve Dundon, @Champagne XS, 31/01/2019
Customer Rating
5/5

2007 Le Mesnil Sublime Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Put simply: Champagne! ‘though that said, there is nothing simple about an excellent Champagne, with all its gorgeous complexity. Champagne is perfectly festive and celebratory. It’s perfect for sharing and perfect for summer, as an aperitif or with seafood. My fave, a Vintage Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs – Le Mesnil’s ’07 Sublime. Sublime by name, sublime by nature. Tchin! Tchin!

Ali - Sales - winedirect.com.au, 19/01/2017
Customer Rating
5/5

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