“A Champagne Blanc de Blancs, what is it?”

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Blanc de Blancs Champagnes, explanation !

The timeless elegance of Blanc de Blancs Champagne

The world of champagne offers a multitude of flavors and styles, each bringing its own essence to this beloved effervescent beverage. Among these variations, blanc de blancs champagne stands out for its delicate and refined character, offering a unique and unforgettable tasting experience.

Origin and Tradition

Blanc de blancs champagne derives its name from its exclusive composition made solely from white grapes, particularly the emblematic grape variety of the Champagne region: Chardonnay. This noble grape variety imparts to blanc de blancs champagnes its characteristic elegance, with subtle, delicate aromas and lively acidity that make it a favored choice among discerning champagne enthusiasts worldwide.

The history of blanc de blancs champagne dates back several centuries, when Champagne winemakers began experimenting with different grape varieties to create unique sparkling wines. Over time, Chardonnay became a preferred choice for its ability to produce wines of exceptional finesse, embodying the very spirit of the Champagne terroir. This grape variety represents only 30% of Champagne’s supply, with Grand Cru Chardonnays accounting for just 3%. These are elitist grapes, highly sought after for their organoleptic quality. The microclimate of the villages that host them ensures consistency and sanitary conditions often well above average.

Prominent Champagne houses such as Ruinart, Salon, Delamotte, Krug, and Louis Roederer, to name a few, have played an essential role in the development and popularization of blanc de blancs champagne.

Ruinart, founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, is the oldest Champagne house. It is renowned for its ancestral know-how and commitment to the pure expression of Chardonnay in its cuvées.

Salon is an iconic Champagne house, famous for its vintage blanc de blancs champagne, Salon Le Mesnil. Founded in the early 20th century by Eugène Aimé Salon, the house has exclusively produced blanc de blancs since its inception.

Delamotte, founded in 1760, is part of the Laurent-Perrier group. This house is known for its classic and elegant style, highlighting the freshness and minerality of Chardonnay in its blanc de blancs champagnes.

Krug, established in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, is renowned for its relentless pursuit of excellence and its unique approach to blending. While Krug is best known for its multi-varietal blends, it also produces exceptional blanc de blancs cuvées, showcasing the finesse and purity of Chardonnay, and that of the terroir of Mesnil-sur-Oger. Krug Clos du Mesnil is a highly rare champagne that showcases the unique character of a single plot of Chardonnay, from a single vintage. Our house produces several cuvées from the vines of Mesnil sur Oger. One, Les Jardins du Mesnil, which combines the qualities of different areas of the hillside, the plains, the mid-slopes, and the hilltops. A named place, Les Coullemets du Midi, which comes only from the heart of the Mesnil sur Oger Terroir.

Louis Roederer, founded in 1776, is a renowned Champagne house for its commitment to quality and excellence. It notably produces the famous Cristal, an iconic champagne.

Focus on the Terroir of Mesnil-sur-Oger

It is a soloist, austere terroir, ideal for making formidable great champagne wines, blanc de blancs, and Grand Cru! Mesnil-sur-Oger, a jewel of the Côte des Blancs region in Champagne, is celebrated for its exceptional terroir, shaped by a unique combination of geological and climatic factors.

Soils and Subsoils

The limestone soils of Mesnil-sur-Oger rest on a base of Cretaceous chalk, which is the emblematic substrate of the Côte des Blancs region. These shallow soils, scattered with fragments of chalk, offer excellent drainage for the vines and promote deep root development. Under conditions of low precipitation, chalk brings up water through capillarity ensuring a balanced water resource for the vines. The chalk-rich subsoils impart distinctive purity and minerality to the grapes, reflected in the blanc de blancs champagnes produced in the region.

Microclimates

Mesnil sur Oger benefits from an ideal microclimate for the cultivation of Chardonnay. The vines are protected from prevailing winds by the surrounding hills, creating a relatively warm and sunny environment. Temperature variations between day and night promote slow and balanced ripening of the grapes, allowing aromas to fully develop while retaining lively acidity and characteristic freshness.

Exposure and Hill Heights

The vineyards of Mesnil-sur-Oger are primarily oriented to the east and southeast, thus benefiting from optimal sun exposure throughout the day. The steep slopes, with gradients of up to 45 degrees, allow for natural drainage and better sun exposure, promoting uniform ripening of the grapes and flavor concentration. The vines are planted at various altitudes ranging from 120 meters in the plains to 230 meters above sea level on the high slopes. This creates ideal conditions for Chardonnay cultivation and contributes to the complexity of the blanc de blancs champagnes produced in the region.

The harmonious marriage of these geological and climatic elements gives Mesnil-sur-Oger blanc de blancs champagnes an incomparable elegance and finesse, with distinctive minerality and refreshing acidity that make them wines of exceptional aging capacity.

Flavor Profile

Blanc de blancs champagne is distinguished by its fresh, elegant, and mineral character. On the nose, it reveals delicate aromas of white flowers, white-fleshed fruits, and citrus, with subtle notes of chalk and brioche. On the palate, it offers lively acidity and a creamy texture, balanced by a long and refreshing finish.

Food and Champagne Pairings

Thanks to its freshness and vivacity, blanc de blancs champagne pairs perfectly with a wide variety of dishes, from seafood to aged cheeses to poultry-based dishes. Its versatility makes it an ideal companion for all occasions, whether it’s an elegant aperitif or a gourmet meal.

Blanc de blancs champagne embodies the excellence and tradition of the Champagne region, offering wine enthusiasts an incomparable tasting experience. With its fresh character, delicate aromas, and unparalleled finesse, it deserves its place among the great cuvées of the world. Our range of Champagne wines offers 3 emblematic cuvées from the Côte des Blancs and two specific to Mesnil sur Oger. The cuvée “Les Horizons” is a blend of the villages of Vertus, Cuis, Oger, Etrechy, and Mesnil sur Oger. Les Jardins du Mesnil and Terre du Mesnil are blends of parcels from the Terroir exclusively from Mesnil sur Oger. All that remains is for you to discover them!

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