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GRAND CRU GROWERS: CHAMPAGNE PIERRE MONCUIT IN LE MESNIL

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

Champagne Pierre Moncuit, a family-owned estate for over a century, is located in the Grand Cru commune of Le Mesnil in the Côtes de Blancs region, known for its exceptional Chardonnay grapes​​. The Moncuit family has been cultivating grapes since the late 19th century. Madame Nicole Moncuit began shaping the estate when she took over in 1980. Since 2008, her daughter Valerie has managed the production of these beautiful, rare wines. Today, Valerie and her mother make up one of the extremely rare mother/daughter grower combos to lead a Grand Cru "Récoltant- Manipulant" Champagne house.


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Valerie Charpentier and Nicole Moncuit

Champagne Pierre Moncuit is renowned for its racy, mineral-driven Blanc de Blancs Champagnes, which express the unique character of each vintage, made possible by their policy of not blending reserve wines into their non-vintage offerings. This approach highlights the individuality of each growing season. Their wines, including the celebrated Cuvée Nicole "Vielles Vignes" from a 90 to 100-year-old plot called Les Chetillons, situated a stone's throw from the Clos de Mesnil, undergo full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and are aged 24-36 months sur lattes before release. They also produce a small quantity of Brut Rosé made from 80% or more of their own Chardonnay from Mesnil and 20% of still Pinot Noir from a colleague with a Grand Cru plot in Bouzy Grand Cru.


the gate leading into a white brick sampagne house.
Welcome to Champagne Pierre Moncuit

The technical details of their winemaking underscore a commitment to purity and terroir expression. The Moncuit family has chosen not to replant their vineyards for over thirty years, allowing them to produce fruit that reflects the nuances of their terroir deeply.


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The cellars at Champagne Pierre Moncuit

The soils of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, where Champagne Pierre Moncuit's vineyards are situated, are part of the Champagne region's iconic terroir. These soils are predominantly chalky, with a high limestone content, which is ideal for Chardonnay vines. This chalk base provides excellent drainage and also reflects sunlight, aiding the ripening process. The mineral-rich soils contribute to the distinct minerality and acidity in the Champagne produced here, giving it a unique character and aging potential.


The presentation below explains the keys to understanding the house style and is highly recommended for use in training your sales team on the floor or in your wine shop.




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