Le Mesnil is a co-operative founded in 1937 in the Cote des Blancs, an area of Champagne known for the high quality of its Chardonnay. It is based in the village of Le Mesnil Sur Oger, one of the 7 villages ranked as ‘Grand Cru’ for Chardonnay. For perspective, there are 318 total villages and just 7 are designated Grand Cru for Chardonnay. For this bottling, whole clusters of Chardonnay are delicately pressed, fermented in stainless steel and aged for at least 3 years on the lees. About 10% reserve wine from past vintages is blended in and the wine is finished with a dosage of 9 grams/liter. It rests then for an additional 6 months in bottle before release. A quintessential ‘blanc de blancs’ Champagne, this has notes of fresh green apple, citrus, bread dough & pastry with a delicate mousse (fine bubbles). Raw oysters would be a fantastic pairing!