Champagne Champagne Gardet Millésimé Extra Brut 2013
Champagne Champagne Gardet Millésimé Extra Brut 2013 10 years young, bright and beautiful – a simply excellent value for vintage Champagne!
Flavor Profile: Lemons, tarragon, stone fruits, orange cream, toasted brioche, and vanilla bean
Time on Lees: 6 Years
Dosage: 4 grams per liter
Score: WE91, DC91
Why We Love It...
Maison Gardet has been making Champagne since the late 1800s – relying on a combination of tradition, modern techniques, and meticulous sourcing to create their portfolio of thirteen spectacular cuvées that spread across all conceivable styles of Champagne. This 2013 vintage Extra Brut is a remarkable value for top-notch bubbly – at over 40% off – and just the perfect wine to enjoy all Summer long!
Maison Gardet was established in the late 19th century when Charles Gardet, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, founded this house in Epernay. His son, Georges Gardet, moved the house to the charming village of Chigny-les-Roses in the 1930s. Today, the estate is owned by the Prieux family, with Christophe Prieux running both this and the neighboring domaine of Maison Ployez-Jacquemart. The Prieux family’s roots to Champagne can be traced to the 1600s, and with Gardet’s rise in quality over the short few years of his ownership… this just might be the best Champagne house you’ve never heard of.
Over the past few years, we’ve been blown away by the steady improvement of quality amongst the Gardet portfolio. This is an ancient house that has thrived under new ownership and a full-scale facility modernization. Tucked away between the two major cities of Champagne – Reims and Épernay – Chigny-les-Roses is an absolute must see. The village is nested right in the vineyards, standing against a cliff shelf, topped by the region’s dark verdant forest. A number of well-known producers have chosen this quaint village as their base, including Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac (aka Ace of Spades) and the Lasalle family. This beauty – mostly pinot noir (70%) then chardonnay (30%) from some of the best Premier and Grand Cru vineyards of the Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne is a spectacularly harmonious balance between bright, zippy freshness, and opulent, heady richness.
The cuvée is fermented in stainless steel, for both primary and malolactic secondary fermentation and left to age in tank for 8 months prior to bottle aging on the lees for at least 6 years prior to disgorgement. An Extra Brut level dosage of 4 grams/liter is made from the reserve wine and a natural beet sugar to finish things off. Initially, the aromas skew lean, with zippy notes of lemons, white peonies, tarragon, and crushed chalk. The aromas and flavors grow in time, as ripe and heady stone fruits, orange cream, toasted brioche, and vanilla bean rise to the forefront. This is a balanced, nuanced, and all in all delightful Champagne which – at an exceptional $40 – will outshine many a bottle at twice the price! Owner, Christophe Prieux, put it nicely, saying, “You don’t need an occasion to drink Champagne; you simply have to know how to create them.” We couldn’t agree more. Create away, friends!
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Stephanie Sucheyre
Aging / Cooperage: 8 months in stainless steel
Pair it with: Roasted halibut with a lemon beurre blanc
About the Producer
Maison Gardet was established in the late 19th century when Charles Gardet, an entrepreneurial shopkeeper, founded his House in Epernay. In the 1930s, his son Georges Gardet moved to Chigny-les-Roses to continue the tradition and develop the Champagne Gardet brand. The Prieux family, who has been working in the arboricultural and wine sectors for years, is now the proud owner of the House. Deeply attached to its roots in the Champagne region, Maison Gardet combines 21st century technology with the tradition inspired by the founder of the House, to produce champagnes of outstanding quality. In order to maintain the quality and character of its champagnes year after year, Maison Gardet takes advantage of the latest technological innovations to master every parameter of “methode champenoise” winemaking. This winemaking process is the key step in turning grapes into a heavenly drink; therefore, it is adapted to each of our cuvees to get the finest champagne.
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