Champagne Gardet – Gaining Ground

Champagne Gardet was established in 1895 by Charles Gardet and run by his family at their base in Chigny-les-Roses, just south of Reims. The Prieux family acquired the house in 2007, but have kept the operation essentially as it is due to its success, giving oenologist Stephanie Sucheyre instructions to only freshen the wine up and making it a little more accessible. The fruit from the 7 ha of premier cru vineyards owned by the house goes into the best cuvees of the 1.2 million bottle production.

The Fine Wine Delivery Co. in Auckland has been importing Champagne Gardet for a decade now, but made a serious commitment to the brand two years ago, bringing in good quantities of the full range. I was lucky to attend a tasting of the wines then with the Poole family and then Wine Programme Director Matt Deller, and I went away impressed with their quality which was based on the high proportion of reserve wine and long tirage times, not to mention the value. (Click here to see my review article.) This year, just in time for Christmas sales, the Fine Wine Delivery has taken another shipment with the most popular wines and a new label showing the move to a more modern face. The ‘Byzantine’ was launched at VinExpo in the middle of this year, and has been aimed at the younger consumer in the on-premise market. Here I review a selection of the latest Champagne Gardet wines.


  • Gardet Champagne ‘Byzantine’ Extra Dry NV
  • Gardet Champagne ‘Demi Sec’ NV

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