Domaine Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs Brut Réserve Sélection Review
For the Champagne insider, Domaine Michel Turgy is a well-kept secret, as its grapes are grown throughout this corner of Grand Cru Champagne Eden known as Côte des Blancs, and they charge a tiny fraction of the price.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Réserve Sélection
Blend: 100% Chardonnay (30% reserve wine)
Dosage: 3 g/L
Region: Grand Cru Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne, France
Retail price: $50
I consumed it: November 2022
My source: The Champagne Club by Wine Access
From this winery: Domaine Michel Turgy
Wine color/style: Sparkling wine
Grape variety or blend: Champagne
Other characteristics: Grand cru
Blanc de Blancs Brut Réserve Sélection: What I think
For Champagne collectors, the word “Mesnil” evokes cult status. Two of the world’s most coveted Champagnes hail from this area — Salon and Krug Clos du Mesnil (both of which cost at least $700 a bottle for the latest releases). For the Champagne insider, Domaine Michel Turgy is a well-kept secret, as its grapes are grown throughout this corner of Grand Cru Champagne Eden known as Côte des Blancs, and they charge a tiny fraction of the price.
The nose was all brioche, biscuit, and yeast. I tasted apple pie, cinnamon, and nutmeg (probably best characterized as “baking spice”) with a little crème brûlée running around in there. I missed the gardenia and honeysuckle all together, as well as the lemon curd, suggested by the Domaine’s tasting notes.
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