Vineyard: Grapes are harvested from select parcels within the Grand Cru of Les Mesnil-sur-Oger. Average of 30 year old vines.
Soil: Chalk and limestone
Viticulture: Grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: fermentation takes place in stainless steel using natural yeasts. 100% malolactic.
Aging: Aged in stainless steel. Bottled and allowed to age on the lees for a minimum of 3 years before disgorgement, then aged an additional 3 months. Dosage is 7 grams/liter
Production: about 4,000 cases
Notes: Made from 100% Gand Cru Le Mesnil fruit, this flagship Blanc de Blancs cuvee is a racy and transparent expression of this famed site and always a single vintage; 7 grams dosage
Moncuit's NV (2013) Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Delos is fabulous. Here the higher dosage vis-à-vis the Extra Brut version softens some of the edges and brings out a bit more toastiness in the flavors as well. Apricot, baked apple, spice, sage and brioche notes infuse the layered, voluptuous finish. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: March 2016.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
As I mentioned last year, this is the same wine as their Grand Cru Brut non-vintage bottling, but just finished with a dosage of 3.5 grams per liter, rather than the seven grams of the Brut bottling. This is from the base year of 2013 and offers up a fine, youthful nose of lemon, delicious apple, bread dough, chalky soil tones and spring flowers in the upper register. On the
palate the wine is crisp, focused and full-bodied, with a good core, frothy mousse, fine balance and a long, youthfully complex finish. This is good juice, but with its lower dosage, to my palate it could do with a year or two in the cellar to blossom a bit more, as it does not have quite the same buffer of the Brut version from the higher dosage - though Extra Brut fans will have no
difficulty enjoying it immensely right out of the blocks! 2019-2035.