Philippe Gonet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1032855

Champagne Philippe Gonet is a 43 acre estate with vineyards from Mesnil (where their house and facility is located), up to Chigny Les Roses, out to the west of the Valley of the Marne and down to the Aube. Managed by Chantal, Denise and Pierre Gonet, the family has been making estate bottled Champagne since the 1800's, and they have the old bottles to prove it! The Philippe Gonet Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, half from the Grand Cru of Mesnil and half from the Aube village of Montgueux. This batch, which is a combination of 2004 and 2003 harvests. This is a very floral Blanc de Blancs, and makes an excellent aperitif. It is almost clear, so delicate is the pressing process from those old Coquard presses. The nose is like spring with wild flowers supported by a dough-like bass note. In the mouth the wine is feather light and extraordinarily refreshing.

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2009  | Send Email
This could be the prettiest Blanc de Blanc in the store. An interesting blend of fruit sourced from the Cote de Blancs and the Aube. Bright with a clean focused quality that is almost like drinking liquefied gems. Pure yellow fruits with soft white flowers and a touch of minerality. This is an amazing aperitif Champagne!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.