2012 Le Mesnil "Sublime" Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut (Champagne, FR)

A gorgeous offering from a truly outstanding vintage. Le Mesnil focuses primarily on Chardonnay grapes because their East-facing vineyards and chalky soil are particularly conducive to growing that varietal. The excellent growing season in 2012 led to this richly textured bottling; notes of green orchard fruit and citrus rind interplay with flavors of toasted nut, butterscotch, and brioche, all held together by a balanced acidity and minerality.