2009 Pierre Mineral Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

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All Mesnil grand cru bargain!!!! This wine comes from all estate-grown fruit in the grand cru of Mesnil. It is a very clean wine with pure flavors and a complex, subtle nose. The texture is silky and delicate, but the finish is quite powerful. This is a very stylish wine, and a very good deal thanks to a direct buy from the producer. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
Vintage Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from Mesnil for this price is absolutely insane! For reference, look up another in the category, Salon. This has beautiful 2009 ripeness with baked lemon meringue flavors, toasty brioche and a beautiful chalky texture. The flavors are perfectly integrated and balanced and the acidity highlights the fruit beautifully.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2019 | Send Email
100% estate-grown fruit from the heralded village of Mesnil, Pierre Mineral is a heavy hitter, with a smoky, almost toasty quality to the nose and flinty minerality through the palate. This Champagne is clean and bracing but fuller bodied than expected, with a long finish, all at a price well below most I’ve seen out of coveted Côte des Blancs. Not-so-secretly Phillippe Gonet’s fruit, this release is one of our best values in Champagne, especially if you’re looking for Grand Cru Chardonnay. Plus, 2009 is a great vintage to reach for if you’re looking to drink now, as warmer temperatures and ripe fruit made for some easygoing wines. Combine that with Mesnil’s chalky soil and you’ve got a complex, bright Champagne that lives up to the name “Mineral.”

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2019 | Send Email
This charming little Blanc de Blanc offers up aromas that are flinty, a little smoky, and smacking of Meyer lemon which presents a gentle acidity. The palate is a little bready, but still quite bright and summery. That plus some big minerality really helps make this Champagne taste super fresh. Pop this one on a sunny day for maximum enjoyment.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2019 | Send Email
Value and quality...that's what you get with the 2009 Pierre Mineral Blanc de Blancs. The chardonnay comes from the Mesnil and all of it is Grand Cru fruit. The nose has a smoky minerality note, most likely because of the chalky soils, with more minerality, flinty, green apples and bright acid on the finish. You're getting a premium champagne at a value price thanks to our champagne buyer bringing this in as a direct import! Stock up!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2019 | Send Email
This is a fantastic Champagne and it has so much to offer.What I liked best was the depth of flavor which is dry and classic with a nice full mouth feel.

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
The nose is tremendously complex, with notes of toasty brioche and stone fruit. On the palate, it's quite rich and mouth-filling with notes of orchard fruit, citrus and chalk. This Champagne is a stellar value! Vintage as well as Grand Cru level fruit for below $40?
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
The Pierre Mineral is in strong contention to be the best value in Champagne at K&L. This 2009 vintage Champagne is made exclusively from Mesnil Grand Cru chardonnay. Champagne from this terroir almost always come at a much higher price, and vintage Champagne from Mesnil command even more of a premium. An incredible direct buy has enabled us to bring you a fantastic price on this clean, racy super long finishing Champagne. If you love Champagne with crystalline purity, vivacious energy and a finish that won't quit, this is a slam dunk. Will it keep in your good cellar? The 1973 that I drank recently was one of the best old Mesnil Champagnes that I have ever tasted!
Drink from 2019 to 2039

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
This wonderful Blanc de Blaanc has bright floral notes matched with nice peach and apricot over a subtle buttered biscuit finish. At really great price point for a vintage Champagne, This bottling showcases all that Blanc de Blancs are renowned for. All that combined with the fact its completely from estate fruit from the Grand Cru Mesnil makes this a steal and one of the top dollar-for-dollar buys in the store!

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
And the hits keep on coming!! I love the minerality in this wine. I visualize this mesh of chalk that catches all the flavor and textures for you to find in each sip. It's bright and crisp with some body to add a little weight to it's texture. Extra long finish. Another outstanding Blanc de Blancs on my list!

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
My main notes while tasting this wine were two-fold. First, the palate is driven by a wonderfully rich apple character, with the mineral linearity being presented by the clean acidity. Second, there was a pithiness present on the finish that should reward those that go hunting for the perfect food-pairing! I would recommend starting by trying to pair this with anything pork based, or with a rich white fish, or with clams. In any case, this is one to get a few bottles of and let most of them sit in your collection while you experiment with finding that perfect pairing!

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
This wine has a soft, warming nose of toast with peach jam and just a slight hint of strawberry. On the palate the toast takes on more of a biscuit-y personality while the peach jam remains prominent. The finish mirrors the nose with a nice, soft toasty note that's almost impossible not to smile over.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
If you need a vintage Champagne that doesn't blow out your pocket-book, and has incredible lift and freshness, this is it! Lovely fruit profile without being "fruity". I've been of the opinion that you can't beat the 2008 vintage for Champagne but this '09 Pierre Mineral is really trying to prove me wrong! So much wine for the money!

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Pierre Mineral is one of my go-to's for impressing my friends. No where can you compete with this 100% Grand Cru from Mesnil at this price. But this wine doesn't just look good on paper, it also walks the walk. It has classic green apple aromas with a weighty nutty texture with honey'd earthy aromas--maybe bee pollen? It's drinking great now, very open, but I can't wait too see how this vintage evolves in the cellar.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
'09 was a dry vintage for champagne, with some spring rain, and a warm summer. The fruit that came from this is hearty and elegant. Pierre Mineral, pulling fruit from one of champagnes best Grand Cru sights, has really gone above and beyond with this vintage. The nose opens with nutty notes of almond and cashew butter, with flowers, and browned butter. the palate is drippings with bright orchard fruit and citrus. This may well be, as my colleague Gary Westby said below, the best value in champagne at K&L!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2018 | Send Email
Arguably the most famous of Champagne's Grand Crus, the caliber of this cherished site shows in this incredibly well-priced bottling. I was a big fan of the '08, but this 2009 is equally as thrilling, if not slightly more open and rewarding at this early stage. But compare it to its peers at this price, and it is one of the best you'll find. Citrus and orchard fruit pair with crisp acidity and there's a real balance between freshness and depth. I'm so happy we get to work with this bottling again and I can't wait to follow it over the years.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.