(2020) Fruit for this wine comes from the vineyards rated as Premier Cru, though I have little information on the blend or the specific vineyards that are the source of the fruit. It pours with a nice steady stream of small bubbles and pale colour, and an appealing biscuit and vanilla note to citrussy fruit. On the palate the dosage feels relatively high to me - a hint of sweetness even against the copious lemon jelly fruit and acidity - but it is stylish and easy to drink, and gets a thumbs up from me as a good buy at the price.
(2014) Made for the Wine Society this has a very attractive, nicely yeasty nose with a solid base of apple fruit, a touch of baked apple pie creaminess. Nicely refreshing on the palate, with the racy mousse and that clean, fresh palate of quite perfumed and juicy apple along with good acidity. Quality and stylish Champagne at a good price.
(2004) Le Mesnil is one of the most revered names in wine, its fame culminating in superstar wines from Salon and Krug. At a more affordable , Berry's version is an absolute little cracker. Extended lees ageing has added a toasty, bready layer on the nose of this Champagne, with its miniscule bubbles streaming across the glass. It has a lovely, delicate Acacia perfume, with a little hint of candied fruit peel. On the palate it is quite rich and full, with a sweet-edge to the copious fruit, with a peachy softness before a thrust of lemony acidity cuts through the core. This has lovely balance and style, and a really long finish. Like almost all Champagnes, this can be drunk now, but will benefit from cellaring.
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