Gardet Champagne ‘Brut Premier Cru’ NV

Sparkling Wine from France - Champagne
Review Date : 19-Nov-2013
Brilliant, full and even light golden-yellow colour with some depth, the bead moderately fine and persistent. The nose is very refined and elegant in expression with beautifully, subtle, interwoven aromas of yellow stonefruits, savoury yeast extract, with bread and minerally, gunflint notes, the bouquet showing freshness and poise. Dry to taste and elegantly proportioned, subtle waves of complex flavours unfold gently, showing yellow stonefruits of Pinot fruit. This has body with fine-grained texture and a concentrated core. As the wine flows, bread and yeasty extract flavours and sweetness emerges, with crisp acidity and refined mousse keeping the mouthfeel tight and focussed. The flavours carry through to a very long, sustained finish featuring acid vitality. This is a very elegant and refined Champagne with delicate richness and textures. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 3-4 years. 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier from the ‘Hautvillers’ premier cru, with 20% reserve wine, 5 years tirage with a dosage of 8-9 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Nov 2013 RRP $48.99 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier from the ‘Hautvillers' 1er Cru vineyard, with 20% reserve wine. 5 years tirage with a dosage of 8-9 g/L, disgorged early 2011. Very pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues and a persistent bead, the nose is tight, intense and dense, with layers of Pinot fruit, yeast and aldehydic complexities unfolding in the glass. Very dry, this is a little austere on entry, the tightness and fine-grained natureslowly revealing sweet and succulent flavours of yellow stonefruits, bread and complexing toast and nutty notes. The wine has an attractively nuanced and rich finish with length.  Sep 2011  RRP $59.99

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