ROBERT MONCUIT BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU

Item #: i_325773
Bottle Size: 750ml
Wine Spectator: 90
QOH: 11
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$40.98
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JOHN GILMAN 91+ POINTS -"The new release of Pierre Moncuit’s non-vintage Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (all from Mesnil fruit) is still a pretty young wine, but it has very good depth and plenty of nascent complexity and will really blossom nicely with a year or two in the bottle. The youthfully fine bouquet offers up scents of pear, delicious apple, incipient notes of pastry cream, chalky minerality, spring flowers and a delicate touch of lemon zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and intensely flavored, with lovely, frothy mousse, fine focus and balance, crisp, beautifully-integrated acids, nascent complexity and fine length and grip on the elegant and still tightly-knit finish. This is not a bad drink today by any means, but it will really open up with another twelve to eighteen months of further bottle age. A fine bottle."

This organically farmed family-run estate is situated in the famed Cote des Blancs Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger which is also home to Salon and Krug's Clos du Mesnil Champagnes. The firm has a five generation history with Alex Moncuit first planting grapes back in 1889. Today the house, which specializes exclusively in Chardonnay based Champagnes (i.e. Blanc de Blancs), has 20 acres of vines all situated in Le Mesnil. The family tends their plots without the use of pesticides and herbicides and all the fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. Each parcel is vinified separately to optimize blending. All of the wines are fermented and raised in tank, the goal being to enhance contact with the lees. Malolactic fermentation is allowed to happen naturally and the Moncuits never filter or chapitalize. The base vintage for this Brut is 2010 with about 20% reserve added from 2009. Approximately 30% of the cuvée was aged in neutral oak.
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