Grower Champagne Club – April 2013

Michel Turgy, Cuvée Brut Blanc de Blancs Réserve Sélection
The Champagne house of Michel Turgy is located in Le Mesnil sur Oger in the Côte des Blancs. Home to some of the most respected larger Champagne houses (think Salon and Krug), Le Mesnil has some of the most coveted vineyards in all of Champagne and Turgy has six hectares here, all grand cru and all planted to Chardonnay. The local chalky, limestone soil, similar to that of Chablis to the south, gives the wines from this area their exceptional minerality, and the gentle slopes of various exposures helps capture the precious sunlight needed for fully ripening the fruit this far north. The Turgy family has been producing wine here since 1881 and today Jean Michel Turgy is in charge of the winemaking. Non-vintage Champagnes are typically blends of wines from previous vintages, and Turgy keeps more than 20 back vintages stored in their extensive cellars from which to create their blends—a rare luxury, especially for such a small house. Jean Michel strives to blend for maximum flavor and harmony and this Champagne is a beautiful result. It begins with a warm, inviting, briochy nose. In the mouth, it is rich and creamy, but has the characteristic fresh minerality to make it a wonderful Champagne for food, especially creamy poultry or fish dishes. It is $55, and the word seductive has appeared in more than one description of this wine. You be the judge!