Champagne Bar Events
Discover village Le Mesnil sur Oger in April at Dokhan's Bar
This month we offer you a tasting journey to this small village in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. Ranked among the 17 villages "Grand Cru," Le Mesnil sur Oger is renowned for its Champagne made from chardonnay grapes. This grape variety gives wines great freshness and minerality. Through three iconic houses – Guy Charlemagne, Philippe Gonet and Pierre Peters – you’ll discover beautiful surprises and perfectly balanced Champagnes.
We discovered Guy Charlemagne during one of our visits to Champagne last November. We find it to be a great Champagne winemaker with rigor and freshness, sure to brighten taste buds as spring brightens with birdsong. Winemakers from father to son since 1892, today it is Philippe who vinifies an annual production of about 130,000 bottles, including significant export sales. The motto of the field is "Quality is my truth."
We welcome spring with a tasting of Brut Nature, a delicious appetiser with plenty of freshness and salinity, subtle citrus notes and a strong mouth with grapes from the terroir Sézanne: 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir. Brut Rosé is recently disgorged (a step in winemaking involving the expulsion of yeast deposit concentrated in the bottle neck from internal pressure). This generates freshness with a lovely effervescence and flavours of red fruits, cherry and brandy.
Cuvée Charlemagne 2009 is a cuvée of a single year and single grape variety, the chardonnay. This vintage, which in the region of Champagne is solar (that is, a hot year provided roundness), now provides tension, minerality and balance. The nose is complex with aromas of yellow fruits like peach and candied orange and pineapple. It offers a very long finish of yellow grapefruit. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of outstanding Champagne Mesnillésime Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2004.
Continue to explore this village of Champagne with Philippe Gonet. For seven generations, these winery artisans have developed the quality of Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, tirelessly exploring the nuances and minerality of its terroir Le Mesnil sur Oger. The Brut Reserve is composed of 30% chardonnay, 60% pinot noir and 10% pinot Meunier. It takes our breath away as a very well balanced, festive bottle with straw-yellow reflections, floral notes and charming yellow fruit, a simple mouth and an ideal brightness to start beautiful conversations. Rosé is an assembly rosé from 90% chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Orger complemented with 10% pinot noir from the village of Vertus in the Côte des Blancs. This wine combines the freshness and finesse of chardonnay and the fruit and structure of the pinot noir. The intense and complex nose has a beautiful aromatic harmony of both tart red fruit, florals and spice. The finish is delicate and silky with a nice minerality.
The nose of Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2007 displays aromas of toast and hazelnuts enhanced by scents of acacia flowers. Powerful and fleshy on the palate, it reveals notes of brioche and fresh butter to start, followed by notes of terroir, mineral tending toward lemon and grapefruit. The long finish illustrates its outstanding terroir that creates a wine of rare purity.
Finally, we are pleased present the domain Pierre Peters, a family house for six generations. It has developed Blancs de Blancs Champagne, Grands Crus since 1919. As owner and harvester of, their Champagnes come exclusively from grapes from their own vineyard. The house currently operates just over 18 hectares of chardonnay, mainly located in the municipalities of Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant, the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs. Their motto is "Behind every wine, there is a terroir and the man who does."
The cuvée "La Perle" Blanc de Blancs is an assembly of eight different years of exclusively chardonnay grapes. It is a fresh, airy wine with notes of acacia flowers, citrus and chalk. Rosé for Albane is a bleeding rosé Champagne, a real treat with notes of red and black fruits, high precision and a fresh, saline finish. Les Chétillons 2007 is a vintage cuvée developed only with vintages from three parcels of old vines on the land of Chétillons in Le Mesnil sur Oger. Known by most true Champagne lovers, the wine’s nose is fine and aromatic with an amazing range of flavours: hazelnut, butter delicately toasted and fish. It offers a fine, elegant bubble with a long and incredible mouth.
Save the date of Thursday, 10 April from 19:30 for a live jazz session with Dokhan's Bar regular artist Cathy Kelly and her guitarist Stan Laferrière.