Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
One of my favorite champagnes…perhaps my favorite at this price on the planet. Our first champagne had to be something that was a WOW! And Moncuit never fails to deliver on the superlatives. No need to take my word for it though, check out the critical evaluations from the top wine critics:
100% Chardonnay from the family's grand cru vineyards in Le Mesnil. Dosage is 9 grams/liter. Very mineraled release, where the terroir of Le Mesnil really comes through. We smell the chalk, then lurking underneath, plenty of concentrated fruit including grapefruit and an exotic pineapple note.
"The NV (2010) Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Delos is a little richer, rounder and creamier than the Hugues de Coulmet. Almond, lemon, oil, dried pears and flowers all flesh out in a super-inviting gorgeous wine loaded with depth and personality. A creamy, expressive finish rounds things out in this gorgeous, beautiful Champagne. This is a fabulous showing from Moncuit. This bottle was disgorged in April 2013. Dosage was 8 grams per liter. 93 points.”—Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"A complex, strikingly elegant and airy nose features notes of baked broad, yeast, pear, green apple and lovely spice notes. The refined character continues onto the absolutely delicious flavors that possess a moderately exuberant mousse before terminating in a dry, crisp and slightly austere finish that is clean, refreshing and persistent. This knockout is drinking perfectly now and is highly recommended. 93 points.”—Allen Meadows, Burghound
"From old vines in Le Mesnil, this wine’s scents of creamery butter lend luscious richness, but those malolactic notes only add to the length of flavor, without masking its precision. This chardonnay has a grand pallor, almost goth in its truffle-like earthiness and the feminine delicacy of its mousse. 92 points.”--Wine & Spirits