Domaine Michel Turgy

Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | Champagne

 

turgy_producerQuietly in the shadows of the larger houses of the Côte de Blancs, vine-growing Champagne artisans such as Jean-Michel Turgy are crafting character-rich, memorable wines based on the traditions and passions of past winemaking generations.

Turgy sets himself apart with wines that do more than just reflect the Mesnil style—sumptuous, sensual and richly flavored—but faithfully capture the true character of the region’s unparalleled terroir, a personality often muted by mass-producing Champagne houses.

For more than 130 years, the Turgy family has grown and harvested Chardonnay grapes on these chalky soils, and because of this, they can certainly claim to be more than acquainted with the true soul and substance of Mesnil.

Turgy’s library of vintages in the family’s cool cellar is vast; barrels full of nearly two decades of wine are stored here. This wealth of blending options makes for a non-vintage wine (North Berkeley Imports’ selection includes some 30% reserve wine) of extraordinary complexity and length. There are few non-vintage wines that age as well as does Turgy Champagne!

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Domaine Michel Turgy crafts “grower” Champagne, a récoltant-manipulant house that grows its own grapes and makes its own wine, all on site. This qualitative difference is crucial for those seeking the ultimate in Champagne flavor and character.

Vines are cared for according to lutte raisonée principles, adhering to organic practices as much as possible and avoiding chemical treatments. Hillside vineyards, all rated 100% Grand Cru, are pure chalk; vines are on average 30 years old.

Grapes are harvested by hand and pressed gently in an old-fashioned, upright Champagne press. Juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, with full malolactic fermentation following. Wines undergo a secondary fermentation in bottle (méthode Champenoise) and are disgorged by hand. Vintage wines are aged from five to seven years, depending on the requirements of the vintage.

WHITE WINES

Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Reserve Selection

A wine made exclusively for North Berkeley Imports, this 100% grand cru Chardonnay includes some 30% reserve wine. Lemon custard, fresh quince, toasted brioche, honeysuckle. Aged for at least two years; dosage less than 5 grams/L.

 

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Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Millésime

Vintage wines are generally a selection of the estate’s oldest vines, from 30 to 40 years old. Aged from five to six years on fine lees; no dosage. Creamy, full-bodied and sumptuous—the classic Mesnil style in full display.

 

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Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Millésime Collection

Winemaker Jean-Michel Turgy has released a special, private selection of peerless vintage wines, all recently disgorged (as of 2015) with no dosage added (“dosage zero”). All selections have been stored in the estate’s cellars since bottling. Please contact us for a complete list of available vintages.

 

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ROSÉ WINES

Grand Cru Brut Rosé

A lovely floral wine with spice and depth; enjoy it throughout a meal! Pure grand cru Chardonnay with just a touch of Pinot Noir still wine from Bouzy for color. Aged for two years on fine lees; dosage less than 5 grams/L.

 

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Established: 1881
Winemaker:  Jean-Michel Turgy
Region: France • Champagne • Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Vineyard size: 15 acres