Gardet Champagne ‘Brut Selected Reserve’ NV

Sparkling Wine from France - Champagne
Review Date : 19-Nov-2013
Two-thirds Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with one-third Chardonnay, of which 25% is barrel-fermented, the wine aged in oak one year, then given 7 years tirage, the resultant wine with a dosage of 8 g/L RS. Bright, even, light golden straw colour, the bead very fine and vigorous. This has a full and rounded bouquet with ripe and lush stonefruit aromas combined with complex notes of baked bread, yeast extract and toasty notes. There are nutty, oxidative characters of secondary development adding detail and interest. Dry to taste, softly full and rounded flavours of ripe, savoury yellow stonefruits and yeast extract are well integrated. The mouthfeel is smooth in texture, with light effervescence combining with the soft acidity providing a mellow richness. Some nutty, oxidative detail is countered by fresh fruit sweetness and the flavour contrast is a feature. The palate flows to a soft, layered finish with complex nuances. Serve with white meat dishes over the next 2-3+ years. 18.5-/20 Nov 2013 RRP $67.99 Two-thirds Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with one-third Chardonnay of which 25% is barrel-fermented, the wine then aged 5 years in oak and 7 years tirage. Dosage is 8 g/L, the wine disgorged late 2010. Straw-yellow colour with some golden hues, this has a tight, intense and steely bouquet with quite subtle mineral and toasty complexities. Dry to taste, this is very fine-featured and tight in expression, the acidity slippery and lively. The fruit is restrained, but yeasty elements are intermixed with nutty, slightly oxidative notes, lending a dry, elegantly proportioned wine with tension.  Sep 2011 RRP $69.99

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