This lovely rosé is another wonderful example of the clean, crisp and pure house style espoused by Pierre Moncuit Delos, in the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne. Winemaker Nicole Moncuit is the daughter of founder, Pierre Moncuit; and she achieves this house style in part because she ferments only in stainless steel and doesn't use any reserve wine in any of her cuvées (meaning only grapes from the current harvest go into each bottling). That is fairly rare in Champagne. But she can also control the style because she manages and knows so intimately their 15 hectares of mostly old vine Grand Gru vineyards on east facing slopes in Le Mesnil Sur Oger. It all adds up to a delicious, extremely well priced Champagne!
75% Chardonnay, 25% still Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay comes from the Grand Cru holdings in Les Mesnil from vines that average 40+ years. The Pinot Noir is sourced from Grand Cru sites in Ambonnay. The soils are southeast-facing, chalk based soils. All the grapes are harvested by hand and all wines are vinified in stainless steel. Wine goes through full malolactic fermentation. Then, 75% Le Mesnil Chardonnay champagne is blended with 25% still Pinot Noir from Grand Cru vineyards in Ambonnay. 8 g/L dosage.