Quietly in the shadows of the larger houses in the CÃ´te de Blancs, vine-growing Champagne artisans like Jean-Michel Turgy are crafting character-rich wines based on the traditions of past winemaking generations. Turgy sets himself apart with wines that do more than just reflect the Mesnil styleâ€”sumptuous, sensual and richly flavoredâ€”but faithfully capture the true character of the regionâ€™s unparalleled terroir, a vibrant personality often muted by mass-producing Champagne houses. For more than 130 years, the Turgy family has grown Chardonnay grapes on these chalky soils, and because of this, they can certainly claim to be more than acquainted with the true soul and substance of Mesnil
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
VINEYARDS:Multiple small vineyard parcels in and around the town of Le Mesnil sur Oger, in the CÃ´te des Blancs. Soils are pure chalk (ancient fossilized marl, limestone) and rated 100% Grand Cru
AGE OF VINES: 20-30 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Pressed in an ancient wooden upright press, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for at least two years in bottle. Dosage less than 5 grams/L.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS:Aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle, brioche. Flavors of lemon curd, sea salt, toast. Fine-grained and savory