Robert Moncuit's Brut Les Mesnil is Grand Cru Champagne. This Blanc de Blancesthe finest Chardonnay growing region. A beautifully balanced Brut Champagne, it is "powerful and explosive in the glass. Lemon zest, slate and crushed rocks hit the palate in an intensely pointed, mineral-driven Blanc de Blancs. This is an especially powerful, virile Blanc de Blancs....the Brut opens up nicely, but it is defined by a real sense of weight and overall intensity." Antonio Galloni
Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world. The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California. The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant wines with vibrant acidity and minerality; little or no oak is imparted into the wine for these "Old World" beauties and allows the essence of the Chardonnay grape to reveal itself. On the other hand, the New World Chardonnay producers of California (Oregon, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand as well) tend to use new oak. These wines are often described as being "buttery" given their oak influence. Some Italian Chardonnays fall somewhere in between Old and New World. They too tend to be quite expressive and retain some of the best qualities of both Old and New World Chardonnays.
Chardonnay's weight and texture can be very different depending on the terroir and amount of oak used. Sometimes the oak is new and sometimes, in the case of Burgundy, the oak is used. If oak casks have been used, they impart less of an influence on the Chardonnay grapes. These wines tend to have mild oak notes in the wine and can often represent itself as roasted nut flavors. Yet no matter where Chardonnay is grown, there are some common threads that reveal themselves: apple, pear, honey, lemon and butterscotch.
The Fine Wines Of France: Second only to Italy, France is the largest wine producing country in the world. Often times, French wines are the standard by which other wines are judged. For example, Bordeaux reds, also known as clarets, are always referenced when Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet blends are mentioned. Similarly, you could not talk about fine Pinot Noir or Chardonnay without also discussing the red and white wines of Burgundy. This quality is a byproduct of France's diverse climate and terrior which produce wines of unique style and flavor. The major French wine regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, Rhone and Champagne. And the grape varietals predominately used throughout France are also used throughout the world, sometimes in an effort to reproduce the elegance found in the wines of France. The major grape varietals, which are now international varietals, are: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Some great French wine producers are: Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Chateau de la Maltroye, Paul Jaboulet Aine, Nicolas Potel, Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils, Olivier Leflaive, Verget, Lucien Albrecht, Domaine Marcel Deiss, Pascal Jolivet, Chateau La Nerthe, Paul Avril, Chateau de Beaucastel and many other French wines.