Robert Moncuit Extra Brut Blanc De Blanc
A family-run estate with organic vineyards, Champagne Robert Moncuit has a five generation history. Alex Moncuit started the vineyard in 1889, and in 1928 his grandson Robert created his first cuvée and Champagne Robert Moncuit was born. Robert continued to produce this exceptional Champagne until his death in 1987. His daughter Francoise took over the estate, and her son Pierre has been winemaker since 2000. Until 2000 all the wine was sold in France. The estate has 8 hectares under vine in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger which is the same renowned village where Krug's famous 'Clos du Mesnil' vineyard designate is made, and the Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is where the Salon family first realized and then convinced the world that this area was beautifully suited for Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay.
The Moncuit family produces all 'Blanc de Blancs' Champagne, meaning 100% Chardonnay. Their vines are tended without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The fruit is hand-harvested and sorted, with each parcel vinified separately to optimize the outcome of blending. All of the wines are fermented and raised in tank, the goal being contact with the lees. The malos happen naturally, they don't filter or chapitalize. The base wine for this Brut is 2010 with about 20% reserve from 2009. Approximately 30% of the cuvée is aged in oak. This is the only wine in his range that sees any oak so as not to mask the beautiful chalkiness of the Mesnil soils. Made with 8g dosage.
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Wine AdvocateBased on the 2013 vintage with the addition of 20% reserve wines from 2012 and disgorged in November 2017, Moncuit's NV Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs is showing very well, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of brioche, ripe lemons, verbena and lime zest. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample but precise, with a delicately textural attack, excellent concentration and a bright spine of acidity, supported by a pinpoint mousse and concluding with a vibrant, mouthwateringly chalky finish.