Champagne that prolong life!
Le Mesnil-sur Oger is a lovely little Grand Cru village (only 17 villages in the Champagne region are entitled to this category) about 20 km south of Epernay in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. The village has one of Champagne's best cooperatives called Le Mesnil. It was founded in 1937 and most of the production goes to the more famous Champagne houses. Thankfully, they produce about 100,000 bottles a year for their own brands.
I have had the great pleasure to visit the cooperative several times and can highly recommend a visit. You are always welcomed with great hospitality and get a perfect chance to test their range. In my opinion, the quality of their Champagnes has increased substantially in recent years, which is excellent. I think this is characterized well when I tested their vintage champagne in 2004 compared with their Grand Cru "blanc de blancs" Le Mesnil Brut which is a blend of the latest vintages.
The champagne has a lovely fragrance of citrus flowers and delicate minerals. The taste is heavenly good with a great elegance and rich body of citrus, minerals and a yummy nougat ending. To test how a really good blanc de blancs taste, this Champagne is an excellent benchmark. A super bargain for 17 Euro if you buy it at the cooperative. This is, in my opinion the best standard Champagne I have tried to date. A Champagne that makes you immortal ... and I will be first in line when they release their 2008 vintage Champagne in a few years! Cheers