Le Mesnil

Le Mesnil Magnum, Grand Cru

£62

Anybody that writes off Chardonnay clearly isn’t au fait with Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Alongside nearby Bourgogne, Champagne makes some of the world’s finest expressions of Chardonnay. This one’s got a delicate, pale gold colour and some seriously fine bubbles. The nose calls to mind a small French boulangerie - complex with notes of baker’s yeast, brioche and toasted bread – though there’s certainly fresh citrus fruit in there, too. This is substantial in the mouth, rich and full-bodied, with toasty and creamy flavours including brioche, biscuit and baked bread. It finishes fresh and mouth-watering, drawing you right back in for another sip.

GRAPE

  • 100% Chardonnay

WHAT IT GOES WITH

This one has enough body to accompany more than just appetisers. Serve this at dinner with a thick seafood chowder or a juicy tuna steak.

ABOUT THE VINEYARD

Champagne’s Côte des Blancs is the region’s quality hotspot for Chardonnay. The village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is considered to be the area’s finest, and 100% of its vineyards are ranked as “Grand Cru” standard. Champagne Le Mesnil is a quality-driven co-operative of passionate winegrowers, founded in 1937. The group’s vineyards are east-facing with topsoil over a base layer of chalk, a winning combination for Chardonnay.

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