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
élevage Stainless Steel
sur latte 40+ Months
Vallee de la Marne
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.
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Press & Reviews
Fresh and lively, with a leesy hint of bread dough mixing with candied berry, quince paste, lemon zest, wax and fleur de sel. Fine-grained, with a lip-smacking, juicy finish. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2018. –AN
(45% pinot meunier, 35% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir; 80% from 2007 and 20% from 2006; disgorged 04/04/11): Pale yellow. Aromas of ripe pear, peach and honey, with a subtle strawberry nuance in the background. The palate offers very good intensity, with fresh orchard fruit and spicecake flavors picking up weight with air. Closes on a vibrant, stony note, with very good clarity and length.
restrained nose speaks of brioche, green apple, pear and a hint of lemon rind. In much the same fashion as the Rosé the
supporting mousse is relatively soft though quite fine and is in keeping with the understated, cool and pure finish that offers
excellent complexity on the agreeably dry but not austere finish where the yeast component is quite pronounced. This is
lovely and to my taste is drinking perfectly now.
This version of Chiquet’s non-vintage brut, based on 2006, is composed of 40 percent chardonnay, 40 percent meunier and 20 percent pinot noir, and about 20 percent of it is reserve wine, made up of the previous year’s blend of Tradition. The lemon and stone-fruit aromas feel taut and energetic, backed by hints of redcurrant and raspberry. While this expresses the broad-shouldered build typical of the Grande Vallée, it’s also marked by racy acidity, giving it excellent balance and length. The clear, silky flavors on the palate are indicative of the direction that this estate is moving in—while Chiquet’s wines have always had a lot of character, I feel that in recent years they have also been increasing in finesse, making them even more compelling. Last tasted: 4/10
Chiquet's NV Brut Tradition is drop-dead gorgeous. Apple, green pear, sweet spices, mint and anise lift out of the glass in this perfumed, strikingly beautiful Champagne. Clean, focused and perfumed, the Tradition is absolutely fabulous, not to mention one of the very best Champagnes in its price range readers will come across. The Brut Tradition is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, based on 2009 plus dollops of 2008 and 2007, all done in steel. This bottle was disgorged in February 2013.