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2007

Le Mesnil Champagne, Grand Cru, Cuvee Prestige

CHAMPAGNE


Regular Price

$80

Exclusive Club Price

$70

24 Bottles Available

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Le Mesnil sur Oger

Founded in 1937, the vineyards of Le Mesnil sur Oger have a truly excellent terroir, 100% of its vineyards are ranked as "Grand Cru". The vineyards are situated at the heart of the prestigious "Côte des Blancs", so called because of the omnipresence of superb Chardonnay. The white wine made from this grape, with its white skin and flesh is the reason why the appellation is known as the "Blanc de Blancs". The quality of our vineyards comes from the fact that they are east-facing, with vineyard topsoil over a base layer of chalk, thus allowing the Chardonnay vines to reach their full potential.

Every step of the vinification process is carried out with the utmost thought and respect for the land and environment. The cellars at Le Mesnil are modern and well-equipped, allowing their winemakers to not only respect traditional techniques but also make the best wines possible with the latest monitoring technology.

After vinification, the wines are rested in the cellars for at least a minimum of three years, with many cuvees exceeding the legal time requirements to age wine, allowing for aromatics and blends to fully develop. Their "vinothèque" is the sanctuary where all of their wines are kept to age, with vintages dating back to 1969. It’s through thoughtful aging practices that allow the wines to gain complex aromas of toasted almonds, chocolate shavings, citrus rind, stone fruits, and subtle hints of earthy notes.

With the combination of their exceptional terroir and superb quality of grapes from their farming partners, Le Mesnil makes Champagne of the highest levels of refinement and freshness beyond compare! Especially when it comes to the other “big houses”, you can’t beat Le Mesnil on QPR. Champagne collectors around the world drink and collect the wines of Le Mesnil on a regular basis since the juice in the bottle is so dang good. 

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Pierre Cellier Champagne Brut Prestige Rosé

CHAMPAGNE


Regular Price

$65

Exclusive Club Price

$60

12 Bottles Available

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Pierre Cellier

In 1977, following a request from a loyal customer, Philippe Gonet created the Pierre Cellier brand, naming it after his eldest son and his wife’s family name. The request was for a younger, more vivid wine than the current Gonet releases. It wasn’t until Pierre and his sister, Chantal, took over the business that this special brand was made available to other customers, starting gradually in 2001. The main difference between the two family estate labels is the aging on lees in bottle. The Gonet wines see a minimum of three years on the lees before disgorgement, whereas the Pierre Cellier wines will spend a minimum of two years on the lees. The shorter amount of time on the lees generally allows for a fruitier, more ‘crowd pleasing’ style, yet it is still longer than the standard requirement in Champagne of 15 months. The Prestige wines were started by the late Philippe Gonet, crafted specifically for a friend and restaurateur back in the 70s in Paris. Named after his son, Pierre (now the winemaker), and his wife's maiden name, Cellier, the wines showcase an approachable fruity style only recently made available in the U.S. market. Made with the same precision and care from certified sustainable vineyards, HVE.

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Bousquet Sparkling Charmat Brut Rosé

UCO VALLEY, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA


Regular Price

$15

Exclusive Club Price

$11

36 Bottles Available

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Jean Bousquet

A 1990 vacation in Argentina was all it took. For third-generation winemaker Jean Bousquet, it was love at first sight. The object of the Frenchman’s desire: the Gualtallary Valley, a scenic, remote, arid terrain high in the Tupungato district of the Uco Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region, close to the border with Chile. Here, where the condors fly and not a vine in sight, Bousquet discovered his dream terroir, an ideal location in which to nurture organically-grown wines.

With altitudes ranging up to 5,249 feet, Gualtallary occupies the highest extremes of Mendoza’s viticultural limits. Fast-forward to the present and wine cognoscenti recognize it as the source of some of Mendoza’s finest wines. Back then, it was virgin territory: tracts of semi-desert, nothing planted, no water above ground, no electricity and a single dirt track by way of access. Locals dismissed the area as too cold for growing grapes. Bousquet, on the other hand, reckoned he’d found the perfect blend between his French homeland and the New World (sunny, with high natural acidity and a potential for relatively fruit-forward wines).

Bousquet’s daughter, economist Anne Bousquet, and her husband Labid Al Ameri, a successful trader with Fidelity in Boston, found themselves increasingly drawn to the cause, including the opportunity it offered to put their shared philosophy on sustainability into effect. After a 2002 trip to Argentina, the couple began to invest in Domaine Bousquet. In 2005, Al Ameri joined his father-in-law full time, helping with the construction of the winery. Anne continued her work as an economist, before joining the company in 2008. In 2009, the couple moved to Tupungato full-time, assuming full ownership of Domaine Bousquet in 2011.

The family is all about organic farming and sustainable production….Organically nurtured vine roots penetrate deep into the soil where they absorb the trace minerals that help give our wines their authentic regional taste. For this reason, organically grown grapes can express the purity, intensity and varietal character of the local terroir.

Their organically grown grapes offer a quality of fruit and vibrancy of taste that is unparalleled in the world of ordinary wines. Organically tended vines tend to produce lower yields with greater concentration of flavor (unlike chemically fed grapes), which allow their unique flavors to shine through.

Organic crops are grown in harmony with nature without using chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Organic agriculture uses natural fertilizers such as compost.

Who's Making These Great Selections?

Sommelier

Clare Gillette

Clare Gillette joined Classic in 2017 as our Director of Wine Sales to manage and grow the wine merchants operations for all three of our Classic locations. Before moving to Texas, Clare spent a significant time in the wine importing and distribution side of the business working with some of the most sought out, collector-worthy wineries and portfolios from all over the world. It was during college that she caught the wine bug, leading her to graduate with a Viticulture & Enology degree and to pursue Sommelier studies.

From Willamette to Burgundy, the Rhone Valley to Napa, or Piedmont to Champagne, Clare has travelled to meet winemakers and visit iconic vineyards as a forever student of the vine. Her expertise and relationships in the wine industry have been integral in elevating our Classic wine community and providing a higher level of value and service to you as our client.

Sommelier

Chester Cox

Chester brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Chester has worked in Fort Worth since 2003 where he spent 11 years as a sommelier at Del Frisco’s. That experience and level of customer service led Chester to spend the next handful of years creating experiences and finding hard-to-get wines for clients at Kent & Co. Wines and Ellerbe Fine Foods. During this time he also started a cellar management business that allowed him to organize, manage and stock cellars from 200 to 90,000 bottles.

As his consecutive, five-time award of "Fort Worth’s Best Wine Expert" by Fort Worth Magazine can attest to, Chester's level of expertise combined with years of concierge style customer service will help elevate your experience as a client with us.

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