Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Mesnil, Cotes des Blancs, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Wrapped around that core of white stones are aromas of apricots, fresh cream, lemon and grapefruit zests, tangerine oil, and a light nuttiness that emerged with air. The palate is taut with good acidity and a flavor set of light nut, clotted cream, lemon bars, and apricot wrapped around the zippy minerality mentioned above. While this is drinking quite well now, it should have no problem ageing for the next 15 years.
Notes: Aged on its lees for over 130 months, this was disgorged in November 2020 and finished with a dosage of 3.5 grams per liter.
Food pairing: Perfect as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to grilled fish.
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 aging in the cellar when we offer them. The 2006 vintage is iodized and saline.