Monochrome by Paul Launois
Monochrome refers to the unique mineral flavour and colour shading that can only come from the intensely chalky soils of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, reputed to be the most minerally of all the Côte des Blancs villages. This 2016 vintage made with 30% reserve wine Blanc de Blanc artisan cuvee is a fresh, rich, vibrant champagne with an elegant, clean finish. Toasted flavours of brioche, yeast, apple, cream and citrus shine through. The palate has an extremely soft mousse with supple fruits and steady waves of phenomonal minerality. Chosen as the house wine for a famous 3 michelin starred restaurant, this rare (it's only made in small quantities) and exclusive wine is only going to improve with age. That's if you can resist drinking it now!
Winemaker - Julien Launois
100% Grand Cru Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Low dosage. Between 0.5gm/L-1gm/L
The grapes are cold-soaked for 12 hours for added extraction and a cool, natural alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place over the course of several months. During its time in stainless steel tanks, the wine stays in contact with its lees. It then ages in bottle for at least 24 months and over the course of the final four weeks, Julien himself hand turns every bottle—each one averages 25 total turns—before disgorgement.
This is also painstakingly done by hand, or “à la volée,” an old-school approach that only a few producers still practice. A truly "hand made" champagne!