Champagne Henri Mandois Blanc De Blancs Brut 1er Premier Cru 2013 - Taurus Wines

Champagne Henri Mandois Blanc De Blancs Brut 1er Cru 2016

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75cl * 12% ABV * Champagne, France

Champagne Mandois is one of the few independent grower houses left in Champagne. Dating back to 1735, their 35 hectares of premier cru, organic vineyards supply 70% of its grapes - an unusually high proportion for a family-owned company. Claude Mandois, the ninth-generation winemaker, strongly believes in the use of oak barrels for making all his wines, but the wood gives a framing, rather than flavouring effect. 

Only produced from Mandois' top Chardonnay vineyards in the best vintages, this spends 6 months in old barrels and 4 years on the lees in bottle. Bright and golden in colour with a subtle bouquet of citrus, pineapple and orchard fruit. Soft and mineral from the region's typically chalky soils, the palate is creamy and restrained with a hint of vanilla and toast on the finish. An ideal aperitif, this Blanc de Blancs will also pair successfully with simply prepared seafood and white meats.