Rare Wine Company, Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger Non Vintage

Rare Wine Company Mesnil BDB NV #2100% chardonnay, blended from the ’04 and ’05 vintages.  A co-op production, from 100% grand cru vineyards.

July 2013

Still a bit locked-up today.  Texturally, tactile and taut: like liquid marble.  Sinewy, compact and starched.  Some iodine, lemongrass, apple blossom and nutmeg for show but this one still hasn’t left the barn yet.  Intense and fat-free for now.  Now – 2018+.

November 2012

Pale straw color.  Bracingly fresh and lemon-steely on the nose with a touch of funky yeast.  Fine bead.  Medium-bodied, pungently flavored, herbal white fruit in the mouth.  Bone-dry.  The mousse is persistent but a little prickly.  Some scree to the acidity.  Firm, intense mineral-chalk character to wrap up.  A little monochromatic at first but it develops positively over the course of the two+ hours it was opened.  A good Côte de Blancs in style and typicity.  And these will develop more richness and depth with some time in the cellar; the raw materials are there.  Now – 2018+.

Rare Wine Company Mesnil BDB NV #1

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