Cuvee de Reserve, Gaston-Chiquet
Vallee de la Marne
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…
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