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Philippe Gonet "3210" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1051896 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Gonet's NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 3210 is striking in its beauty. A layered, beautifully textured wine, the 3210 stands out for its pure class. The classic Mesnil Chardonnay and chalk notes are totally alive in a broad, large-scaled Champagne loaded with class and pedigree. The no dosage style works beautifully here. The 3210 is a blend of fruit from Mesnil and Montgueux (in the Aube), two very different but highly complementary terroirs. (AG) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A subtle thread of ground cardamom and clove spice unravels through flavors of glazed apricot, spring blossom, candied lemon zest, pastry and almond cream. Shows lovely balance, with a soft, creamy mousse caressing the finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

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: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2020 | Send Email
Though the 3-2-1-0 name feels a bit reminiscent of a pop song, Philippe Gonet’s Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne is serious, with hints of citrus as well as cherry fruit and spice (surprising for Chardonnay) and a shockingly long finish for zero dosage. Somehow this stunning release is both lush and lean, full-bodied through the palate with a super crisp finish. I even sold a bottle to a representative of a rival Champagne house – it was too good for her to pass up after tasting. The vineyards Gonet sources from cannot be beat for quality, and there’s a focus here that balances the lively freshness. What an incredible value.

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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