Champagne Gonet-Medeville Blanc de Noirs 1er Cru N.V.
Appellation: Champagne premier Cru/ France
Location: Bisseuil and Ambonnay
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
This estate was born of the marriage of two well-known wine families: Xavier Gonet (from le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and Julie Medeville (from Preignac in Sauternes – most notably Chateau Gilette). The vines, remarkably well-kept (ie. low yields and sustainably-farmed), are located on superb 1er Cru slopes in Bisseuil (this part of the Marne Valley is known for its Pinot Noir), and the two Grands Crus of Ambonnay (great Pinot Noir) and le Mesnil-sur-Oger (the heart of la Cote des Blancs, ie. top-notch Chardonnay). The dosage here is reduced to a minimum, malolactic fermentation is blocked (for vigor and age-worthiness) – all to accentuate purity of expression.
Rating and reviews
Robert Parker: 93 Points
The latest release of the NV Blanc de Noirs Premier Cru Brut is a rich, vinous Champagne, wafting from the glass with aromas of red apples, mint, honeycomb and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad but incisive, with a fleshy attack, excellent concentration at the core and a long, penetrating and distinctly saline finish. The incipiently fine but youthfully frothy mousse will calm down with a few more months on cork. A third of this cuvée is fermented in use
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