Mesnil's chalky soils deliver Chardonnays at the pinnacle of precision and energy.
The area is responsible for some of my favorite expressions of Chardonnay and Champagne.
For the past few years, it's winemaker Pierre Amillet's work at Robert Moncuit that I reach for first when it comes to Mesnil. I even made the 2008 Chetillons my wine of the year.
Moncuit's 2013 is simply stunning, and I'm very happy to offer it for $87.95 per bottle, the lowest price in the country.
The 2013 vintage in Champagne is one of our favorites in the past couple of decades. It was a cool, throw-back vintage with many growers harvesting in October, which is very late by recent standards. The vintage produced Champagnes of riveting clarity and incredible length and finesse.
Mesnil can also lean toward the severe with its sharp mineral intensity. The wonderful thing about Moncuit is how it delivers Mesnil's striking mineral elegance with plenty of charm. The wine is supremely pleasurable—with structure and integrity, yes, but all in the service of enjoyable drinking.
In 2013, this signature of Moncuit hit a magical formula. The 2013 possesses an absolutely seductive silky texture and a tense, incisive, mineral-laden structure. The combination makes for such joyful drinking that I've drunk half of a case of this wine over the past few months.
The combination of sheer pleasure and nervy finesse makes for an irresistible Champagne. I priced this as sharply as possible in the hope of making it available to as many people as I could. This is one Champagne that needs to be shared.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
2013 Robert Moncuit Blanc de Blancs
Special Bottle Price: $87.95
Compare at $98-125