Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Mesnil, Cotes des Blancs, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Presenting a pale straw color, with just a hint of gold to the hue and a precise bead of bubbles. Refined and complex, it quietly boasts aromas of fresh green apples and Asian pears, yellow flowers, toasted brioche, chalk, and a faint whiff of mushrooms. The palate contrasts a laser-like focus of fruit and the toasted nuttiness that makes Champagne so magical. Complex flavors of green apple, fresh quince, and toasted almond lead to a mineral-laced finish. A beautiful Blanc de Blancs that manages to hit the Goldilocks's zone: not too racy, not too toasty, but just right.
The Domain: In 1889 Pierre Moncuit and his wife, Odile Moncuit-Delos, established the house of Champagne Pierre Moncuit. Since 1977, Nicole Moncuit has managed the vineyards and made the wine, while her brother Yves has managed the sales. More recently, Nicole’s daughter Valérie has been actively assisting in the cellar.
Mesnil lies smack in the middle of the Côte des Blancs and is its most celebrated village, in no small part because of the vintages of Salon Champagne and the single-vineyard Clos du Mesnil, owned, of course, by Krug. The wines of Mesnil are known above all for steely elegance and minerality, and those from chez Pierre Moncuit—which has some of the oldest vines along the entire Côte—superbly reflect these qualities.
100% Chardonnay from our Grand cru terroir. Dosage of about 6 grams. The vintages are a reflection of our fabulous terroir. They always have at least 8 years of ageing in the cellar when we offer them. The 2006 vintage is iodized and saline.