The combination of the name of Le Mesnil and the word for vintage, Mesnillesimé is hardly subtle. Nor is the bottle, with its Belle Epoque design. But the wine is great: Full-bodied, piled with ripe green plums and crisp freshness, it finishes with a lingering toasty, creamy note.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.