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Gaston Chiquet, 'Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ' Grand Cru Brut 2010
France / Sparkling

Gaston Chiquet, 'Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ' Grand Cru Brut 2010

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

Gaston Chiquet recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of its founding in 1919. Located in the Grande Vallée, it’s one of the largest grower estates with over 57 acres of vines, mostly within the villages of Aÿ, Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ, Dizy and Hautvillers. The style here relies on sélection massale to naturally keep the yields low, and since their terroir naturally produce wines with plenty of body and character, all their wines are vinified in stainless steel. This lovely Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ is a peculiar terroir-driven style that highlights Chardonnay grown in an area highly regarded for its Pinot Noir. Aromas of baked apples, pineapple, pomelos, lemon zest and crème fraiche, ride a charged acidity that flows through a broad, slightly creamy vinous texture which the finessed bubbles dance over. A nice touch of white flowers, almonds and chalk complete its savory finish. Highly aromatic with a balanced weight and texture make for an ultimate aperitif.

Country
France
Sub-Region
Grande Vallée
Region
Champagne
Varieties
Chardonnay
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Clay and limestone over chalk
Winemaking
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in stainless steel. Aged sur lattes for 10 years, bottled as Brut with a dosage of 4-6g/L.