Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Cotes des Blancs, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Aromas of gardenia, honeysuckle, brioche. Flavors of lemon curd, sea salt, toast. Fine-grained and savory
The Domain: Quietly in the shadows of the larger houses in the Cotes des 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-styled sumptuous, sensual and richly flavored champagnes but faithfully capture the true character of the region'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.
Multiple small vineyard parcels in and around the town of Le Mesnil sur Oger, in the Cotes des Blancs. Soils are pure chalk (ancient fossilized marl, limestone) and rated 100% Grand Cru
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.