Grower Champagne... it sounds fancy. It's not. Terry Theise (champagne aficionado) calls it "farmer-fizz". That certainly says less fancy to me. In fact, he goes on to say, "...you should drink 'farmer-fizz' if you'd rather buy Champagne from a farmer than a factory." And yes, Moet et Chandon is made not by a champagne house but by a luxury goods conglomerate called Moet-Hennesey. It's big business, not great champagne. So what are you paying for? Marketing...PR...ad budgets (hot chicks, white Rolls Royces).
So, lets not forget champagne is wine, not something just for a hot tub or a private jet. Most importantly, it is awesome with food. And so, we jump from our soap box to tell you about a little farm growing just 20 hectares of all chardonnay vines on Grand Cru soil in le Mesnil sur Oger. The wine is produced by the daughter of Pierre Moncuit, Nicole, who lovingly never blends vintages - so while it is NV, it is not from anything but 2007 fruit. That, she says, is how you maintain terroir!
How's it taste you wonder? Well...with a 91 rating from Wine Advocate, saying it is a "gorgeous wine full of Mesnil character in its grapefruit, flowers, mint and minerals. The wine offers superb length and a long, refreshing close, where crisp apples and lemon zest add complexity to the finish. This is a wonderful, classy effort from Moncuit that is highly representative of Mesnil." Okay, we'll take two.
Moncuit Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut $47 /bottle