Philippe Gonet "3210" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1051896 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Dried pear, marzipan, honey and lemon pith on the pungent nose. Dry and chewy in texture, offering poached pear and buttered toast flavors braced by a smoky mineral nuance. Shows good power and focus on the persistent, mineral-accented finish, with the butter and honey notes repeating. The blend of richness and energy here will make this a very flexible Champagne at the table.  (12/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Gonet’s NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 3210 is one of the more clenched wines in the lineup. This release is based on the 2007 vintage, and it shows quite a bit of focus and energy from the low dosage. Bright citrus and white floral notes flow through to the tense finish. Although quite pretty, the 3210 comes across as a bit severe in style today. Disgorgement date: February 29, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.  (11/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Modest, with lemon zest, quince, floral and ginger accents, offering a light bead and a fresh finish. (Web Only- 2012)  (1/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Dry as dry can be, and all the more tasty for it! This is a new cuvee without any make-up, that is without any dosage at all. It was made from 100% Chardonnay from Le Mesnil and Montgueux, the latter being the best cru of the Aube, the southernmost part of Champagne. It is a tremendously nervy wine, best enjoyed with oysters!

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/25/2012  | Send Email
3 years, 2 regions, 1 varietal, 0 dosage. This wine is awesome. All Chardonnay, all cut, lots of minerality. Where are the oysters?

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/13/2011  | Send Email
This is a stellar bottle of Champagne. Going through full malo lactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks gives it a full body with crisp apple notes and solid acidity on the extremely dry finish. Great with sushi as well!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/22/2011  | Send Email
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Champagnes of this ilk use to be refer to as “Brut Zero,” which meant zero dosage and, indirectly, suggests no malolactic. Champagnes of this “ilk,” generally, I have had troubled tasting, let alone drinking, due to their higher acid and extreme dryness, with their higher acid actually disturbing my rather sensitive stomach. Along comes this 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Gem and I have to admit, what a wonderful surprise to discover such a style with lush, rich flavors yet still with excellent acid structure and extreme dryness. Clean, crisp flavors with apply to citrus-like fruit presentations, this Gem has a subtle richness and broadness to its complex flavors and bright, distinctive nose. So, how did Philippe Gonet achieve this, while other producers make such a style that still hurt my stomach, as this one does not. As The Beaner informed me, this may be the first style “Brut Zero” Champagne that we have actually fallen in love with. Try it with freshly cooked crab, if that season ever gets underway.
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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/22/2011  | Send Email
Now, I may be letting the cat out of the bag, but Gary Westby let us all in on the meaning of the "3210" on the label. 3 years on the lees, 2 vineyards that the fruit is from, 1 varietal (Chardonnay), and 0 dosage! Bright and razor sharp, with great minerality and a mouth-watering apple pie taste. I fall further in love with zero dosage champagnes every day!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/6/2010  | Send Email
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Remember the old song "How dry I am'? Well, the Gonet 3210 answers that question and the answer is "very dry"! Those of you who are fans of no-dosage or "ultra" Brut champagnes are sure to love this one. Made from 100% chardonnay and zero dosage, this baby is as bright as the sun. Super crisp minerality, fresh citrus fruit and just a hint of nectarine. Break out the oysters, uncork the bottle and plan for a memorable evening. Or afternoon. Whatever floats your boat.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2010  | Send Email
Sushi & Champagne night this week was made all the more special for Cinnamon and I by a bottle of the Philippe Gonet 3210. This naked, undosed blanc de blanc is a fantastic partner for sushi of all types, but particularly well suited to nigiri. We finished it off in a big hurry- another "small" bottle in the recycling bin, another nice memory. I am looking forward to doing it again next week!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/11/2010  | Send Email
This is an exciting Champagne that is full of zest and sparkle. It is bone dry, yet has enough fruit and body to kept it tasty. I really liked it because it is so dry, but a joy to drink. It will go great with seafood and chicken.

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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, Mâcon, 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.