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Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2016 Wine - Last Bottle
Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2016 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2016

“The 2016 Champagne Terre Du Mesnil is brilliant aromatically and is the most elegant of the wines so far. The aromas are transparent yet layered, with lemon curd, croissant, white peach, and a light touch of oak spice. Medium to fuller-bodied, but with more focus and length, its saline and mineral undercurrents frame the wine, with a refined mousse and a long finish.” – Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points

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Flavor Profile: Apple pie filling with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown butter, chalky, crunchy pear, green peppercorn, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime, Granny smith apples
Time on Lees: 48 months
Dosage: 3.7 g/L

Why We Love It...

Just south of Epernay, in the limestone hills of the Côte des Blancs, lies the sloping mosaic of plots that make up Le Mesnil. The Robert family takes the very best of four plots – including the revered Les Chétillons, alongside neighboring Les Vaucherots, Les Coullemets du Midi, and Les Finciarts – to forge this “Terre du Mesnil'' cuvée. Our visit there this past November was a revelation – elevating an already cherished producer to ever greater heights. We’re still pretty much in awe of everything they do…even the vin clair from barrel was simply spectacular!

The village of Le Mesnil sur Oger sits entirely upon east-facing slopes, thickly sheltered by forestland on the hills above – allowing chardonnay to slowly ripen fully, never sacrificing the elegant, high-toned aromatics or the piercing acidity for which these wines are so prized. 

The fourth generation of the Robert’s family, Bertrand, still assists alongside his wife, Colette, but it is his daughter, Clare, and her husband, Jean-Baptiste Denizart, who are taking this great estate to unimaginable new heights. Clare came on in 2013, with Jean-Baptiste following soon after. Together they have struck an admirable balance – between carrying on the traditions of her great-great-grandfather Henri (who began farming the land just after World War I), and the modern farming, and winemaking, advances available today. Though far removed from the wine's first home in the hand-carved chalk cellars forged by the Robert’s forebears, there is something in these wines that almost magically connects each sip to the family’s history – as if you can taste a piece of their home even from thousands of miles away. The Robert’s greatness lies in a style guided by their generations of careful farming and the modern stewards’ thoughtful assemblage – all in homage to this land of Le Mesnil that has shaped them as a voice of the soil itself. 

Just pure, romantic stuff, to be certain…with a flavor profile to match!  Apple pie filling with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown butter, followed by notes of chalk, crunchy pear, green peppercorn, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime, even more, fresh Granny Smith apples – with each sip more compelling than the last. It’s rich, lightly toasty, and long, and mineral-driven in the finish. Another great effort from this house, that is, without question, one of the most fantastically opulent, richly pleasing, and vinous Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs anywhere! The 10 months aging in French oak barrels, with frequent batonnage stirring, the allowing of malolactic fermentation without insistence, the four years aging on the lees in bottle, and the careful dosage of 3.7 g/liter – these combine to create a powerhouse wine that will stand alongside any Champagne and tower above most. At only $99, this is a steal, truly, and a quality that surely surpasses wines at double the price! If you’ve had any of this before – you know what an impeccable wine this is, worthy of collection, and a singular bottle guaranteed to impress!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Cote des Blancs
Varietal: Chardonnay
Blend: Chardonnay
Winemaker: Bertrand Robert
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Pork tenderloin with cheesy grits and spiced apples in brown butter

About the Producer

The story of André Robert Champagne goes back five generations, rooted in the chalk-rich, grand cru soils of Le Mesnil sur Oger. Henri Robert was a pioneer in the village, organizing its first growers’ association. His son, the eponymous André, purchased the estate house under which a handcarved, 19th-century cellar now ages the family’s complex, barrel-aged wines. Bertrand Robert, his wife Colette and daughter, Claire, together tend sustainably some 35 acres of grand and premier cru terroir in the Côte des Blancs, a true grower-producer family dedicated to the elegant and expressive character of pure Mesnil Champagne.

Champagne André Robert Blanc de Blancs Terre du Mesnil Brut Grand Cru 2016

$99
$125

Retail

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