Diapason, Grand Cru le Mesnil sur Oger (the new name for Pascal’s Le Mesnil cuvee). The idea and name stem from the concept of bottling one terroir (Mesnil), so you see one pure note of Champagne, just as a Diapason (French for tuning fork) gives you one pure note. This is a blend of 2006 (85%) and 2005 (15%), the vines in organic conversion back then. A touch of butter, then very fine taut Chardonnay notes that open into a vinous and pure expression of Mesnil minerality. This is very pure and focused, but with a sense of supple fruit behind the stones. Ample yet focused. Absolutely the perfect accompaniment to a warm foie gras and bayonne ham brioche roll.
Pascal Doquet established his own estate in 2004, but prior to that had been making wine under his parents’ label, Doquet-Jeanmaire, since 1982. Mesnil vines have been in the family since his maternal grandfather started making wine in the 1930s. Pascal took charge of Doquet-Jeanmaire in 1995 and made the wines until 2003, when the estate was divided among several siblings upon their parents’ retirement. Doquet established his own estate and today farms 8 hectares of vines. These are situated predominantly in Mesnil, Vertus and Bergers and age between 37 – 77 years old. Pascal is a vineyard man through and through - his viticultural methods are 100% organic whilst the other distinguishing feature of his philosophy is to harvest grapes as ripe as possible. Nothing is ever harvested at less than 10.5 degrees of potential alcohol, very high for champagne – so there is never any need for chaptalisation. The winemaking is very natural and non-interventionist, only wild yeasts are used for fermentations and bottling takes places with the lightest of filtrations and no fining. Wines undergo their malolactic fermentation in tank and then remain sur lie for 5 months, with approximately one third of the production being aged in used oak barrels before secondary fermentation in bottle. These are thrillingly individual intense and powerful Champagnes. The range is large and site specific, each cuvee vividly expressing its own unique and distinct character.
Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.