KCQ-1

Champagne Brut, ‘Tradition’, Gaston-Chiquet

The wine is made of all Grand and Premier Cru fruit from Dizy, Hautvillers, and Mareuil sur Ay.

cépage 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.
assemblage 2010 Base with 14% 2004 and 7% 2009 reserves
info/source Dizy and Hautvillers 1er cru
malo Yes
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 40+ Months

Producer:
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Appellation:
Vallee de la Marne
Variety:
Blend- Champagne
Color:
White
Case Pack:
12
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Sustainable
Import Partner:
Terry Theise

Tasting Notes

We continue to ship the 2010-based cuvée, because Nicolas was the only producer in my portfolio to get out in front of the11-issue and who, from the very beginning, spoke about it openly and honestly. Our goal here is to leap directly to the 2012-base.  Nicolas is also a believer in disgorging long before shipping, so this wine has been on the cork since January 2015. In essence this wine combines the pumpernickel-sweetness of Meunier with a walnutty richness typical of this part of the Marne, and what makes it most wonderful is that it’s both extremely articulate and openly friendly. It is class defined and enacted. If you think such qualities are mainstream, shame on you. Such qualities are rare, my friend, and you do not have the privilege to take them for granted. This edition is typically nutty and dark-bready; it has the 2010 brightness and the spicy spine. The fundamental things apply, don’t they! The reserve-wines are 7% 2009 and 14% 2004. —Terry Theise

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