It takes just four words to get a serious Champagne collector’s heart beating: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Two of history’s most legendary Champagne producers are located there: Salon, the elite house whose rare releases (only four vintages per decade, on average) are some of the most highly sought-after in the business; and Krug, whose famous 1.85-acre Clos du Mesnil vineyard yields a Champagne that easily fetches $700 a bottle. But don’t fret: Domaine Michel Turgy delivers a seductive, affordable NV Reserve Grand Cru that Vinous calls “smooth, sweet, and expansive on the palate.”
One of only 17 Champagne Grand Cru villages, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is located in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, a region renowned for producing Blanc de Blancs of chiseled Chardonnay purity and fine limestone vibrancy.
The NV Michel Turgy Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is an especially gifted storyteller. It’s 100% Grand Cru fruit, 30% of which is reserve wine drawn from 20+ distinct old vintages. This singular melange makes it one of the most expressive Blanc de Blancs to come off Le Mesnil soil. Pair it with caviar, foie gras, oysters, runny triple cream cheese, or any bite slathered in decadence.
Domaine Michel Turgy is one of Le Mesnil’s acclaimed récoltant manipulants (estate Champagne growers) — a shining star whose wines have made their way into some of the nation’s top restaurants. Founded in 1881, the Turgy house owns 15 acres of Grand Cru vineyards across Le Mesnil’s slopes.
Vines have been spidering into the region’s chalk-limestone soil for three decades, infusing their Champagne with the region’s famed mineral-driven elegance. Deep in Turgy’s cool, darkened cellar, barrels containing two decades’ worth of vintages gather gorgeous chalky complexity and intensity with each passing year. This is bubbly that tells epic terroir tales.