2009 Gaston-Chiquet Champagne Brut "Special Club Millesime", 750ml

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70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir in this vinrtaged Champagne. Excellent minerality and acidity.

From the mouth of the importer (Skurink):

"30% Pinot Noir from Dizy 1er Cru – Griboury. 38% Chardonnay from Dizy 1er Cru – Cerisières, 16% Chardonnay from Hautvillers 1er Cru – Fond de Beval and 16% Chardonnay Aÿ – Frère & Martin.

Nicolas Chiquet farms 23 heactares in the Valle de la Marne in the villages of Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers and Mareuil-sur-Ay. All of the fruit (including that which is used in the non-vintage cuvee) comes from premier and grand cru grapes. Nicolas does not employ any oak aging at Gaston Chiquet; he believes that concentration, fruit maturity and malolactic fermentation impart enough body and texture to make aging in barrel unnecessary.

The vineyards are planted to equal (forty percent each) parts chardonnay, pinot meunier and twenty percent are planted to pinot noir. Gaston-Chiquet also produces a vintage dated chardonnay from 5 parcels on the western side of the grand cru village of Ay. Usually recognized as a grand cru village for pinot noir, these vines of chardonnay were planted in Ay in the 1930s."

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