KCQ-5

Cuvee de Reserve, Gaston-Chiquet

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

I thought he was discontinuing this wine, but here it is again, and very happily. In effect it harkens back to earlier generations, when they just did one-third each of the three varieties and put the wine up for sale after six or seven years en tirage. This one’s based on 2007, with 24% 2006. Disgorged 7/2015, it’s 40% PM, 35% CH and 25% PN. In effect what this gives us is a chance to see an NV with some tertiary development, or in other words to drink a Champagne that’s been aged for us. Considering how cool and judicious the “Tradition” often is, this guy is extroverted, smoky and phyllodoughy; quite savory all in all, redolent of shoot-smoke—they’re often burning the cut shoots when I’m there in March, and that fragrance is evocative and unmistakable. An ’08 will follow in about a year’s time, and I cannot wait… —Terry Theise

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