KCQ-5

Cuvee de Reserve, Gaston-Chiquet

cépage 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir

assemblage 80% 2010, 6% 2009, 14% 2004

info/source Hautvillers, Dizy, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, 26 year-old vines on average

malo Yes

élevage Stainless Steel

sur latte 82 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

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 2010, with 14% 2004. Disgorged 3/2016, 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. —Terry Theise

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Press & Reviews

Parker

Score:
91
Date:
2011-11-30
Review:
The Multi Vintage Brut Cuvee de Reserve is a wonderfully complete wine full of character and personality in its burnished fruit. Ripe pears, peaches, hazelnuts and dried flowers come together beautifully in the glass. The Cuvee de Reserve is based on the 2004 Tradition, with an addition of 20% 2001 juice. It naturally shows a little more oxidative character owing to the extended lees aging for a portion of the wine, but that just makes it more complex and interesting. The blend is 45% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Disgorged December 8, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

Spectator

Score:
91
Date:
2013-08-29
Review:
Spice and floral notes enliven this fresh, well-cut sparkler, showing hints of green pear and white peach, with a touch of honey. Firm and tangy, with a moderate finish. Drink now. –AN

Tanzer

Score:
92
Date:
2012-01-31
Review:
(45% pinot meunier, 35% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir, mostly from 2004 but also including bits of 2002, 2001 and 1998; disgorged 12/08/09): Light gold. Pungent scents of dried pear and peach pit are lifted by a tangy orange zest nuance. Vibrant on the palate, showing pungent blood orange and orchard fruit character and a late jolt of ginger. Finishes clean, nervy and impressively long, with lingering notes of honeysuckle and chalk.

Burghound

Score:
92
Review:
(a blend of one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot
meunier, all from the ’95 and ’96 vintages). A fresh but not necessarily youthful nose evidences the complexity and nuanced
aromas that arrive with a certain amount of age with baked apple and dried rose petal aromas introducing rich, delicious and
detailed flavors that possess a lemony character and are supported by moderate effervescence and excellent finishing
complexity. This is lovely and it has arrived at an inflection point where it could be drunk now with pleasure though for my
taste, I would continue to hold it for another 2 to 3 years. 92/2011+