Champagne Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs Reserve Selection Brut Grand Cru NV
Champagne Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs Reserve Selection Brut Grand Cru NV Le Mesnil – our heart races every time we see the words!
Flavor Profile: Croissant dough, biscuits, iodine, sea salt, lemon curd, pomelo, and white grapefruit.
Time on Lees: 36 months
Disgorgement Date: February 2023
Dosage: 3 grams per liter
Why We Love It...
Michel Turgy is a tiny, artisan, Grower Champagne production that has one specialty – Le Mesnil. That’s a pretty stellar focus, as it is, almost without question, the greatest spot in the world to grow chardonnay for Champagne! With 6 hectares of prime vineyards here, Jean-Michel Turgy is crafting utterly exceptional wines and we’re thrilled to share them with you.
For over 130 years, the Turgy family has faithfully expressed the soul and substance of the unparalleled terroir that is Le Mesnil. Lingering in the shadows of the larger houses in the Côte des Blancs – with plots near to both Salon and Krug’s iconic Clos du Mesnil – 3rd generation grower Champagne artisan Jean-Michel Turgy is crafting character rich chardonnay-based wines on Le Mesnil’s famous chalk and limestone soils. 30-60 year-old vine plots are his base, farmed with fanatical precision by Jean-Michel Turgy. Following careful hand harvesting and selection in the vineyard, the fruit is pressed in an ancient wooden upright Champagne press before fermenting on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine ages on the lees for a minimum of three years, and is finished with a light dosage of just three grams per liter. (The label says Brut, though this could technically be labeled as Extra Brut). Adding still to the complexity of this Reserve Selection is the addition of 30% of the Turgy’s perpetual reserve wine – a base that has apparently become the envy of every winemaker in Le Mesnil that has been fortunate enough to taste it on its own.
The result is something spectacular – truly top-notch Grower Champagne at an exceptional price, all things considered. Lightly floral aromas, with sweet summer sensations of gardenia and honeysuckle, followed by bakery notes of croissant dough, baker’s yeast, and southern biscuits fresh from the oven. In the mouth, the wine takes on an almost steely, taut expression – where mineral notes of iodine and sea salt counterbalance the citrine fruit profile that includes lemon curd, pomelo, and white grapefruit. The reserve notes hint at a light, dry sherry, with a whisper of Japanese umeboshi. It’s intensely bright and classically Le Mesnil… simply not to be missed!
Appellation: Cote des Blancs
Winemaker: Jean-Michel Turgy
Pair it with: Spicy tuna handrolls
About the Producer
Domaine Michel Turgy was established in the 1920's by Maurice Turgy. Michel took over in 1955 and crafts “grower” Champagnes from his hillside vineyards. All the vineyards are rated 100% Grand Cru and are located in Le Mesnil sur Oger. The soils are pure chalk with vines that are 30 years old on average. Vines are cared for according to lutte raisonée principles, adhering to organic practices as much as possible and avoiding chemical treatments. Michel harvests all the fruit by hand and presses with an old fashioned, upright Champagne press. The juice is always fermented on native yeast, aged in stainless steel tanks and goes through full malolactic fermentation. Depending on vintage, all his wines are aged for a minimum of 5 years on the lees.
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