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Grower Champagne - Gardet (375ml), NV, Chigny-Les-Roses, Brut Tradition

Sparkling, Old World, Champagne from Chigny-les-Roses on the Montagne de Reims, France

Fresh, fruity with fine bubbles. Perfect as an aperitif or with canapés, seafood and white meats.

Why we recommend this wine
To make up the numbers for our Grower Champagne Tasting Pack we were looking specifically for a Blanc de Noir, that is, white wine from red grapes. This wine almost makes it - 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay; so 90% black skinned grapes.

The wine
Tha Pinot Noir gives elegance and restrained fruit: the Pinot Meunier provides the fruity. To the wine from the current vintage they blend in wines from older vintages to make a consistent house style.

The wine estate
Gardet makes what is referred to as Grower Champagne. In Champagne a large proportion of the vineyards are family owned and worked. Traditionally they have sold their grapes to the Champagne “Houses” who then make the champagne. But an increasing number of families who own the better vineyards have gone into making their champagne. Hence the term Grower Champagne.

Maison Gardet was established in the late 19th century by Charles Gardet, an entrepreneurial shopkeeper, founded his House in Epernay. The Prieux family, who had been working in the arboricultural and wine sectors for years, is now the owner of the House. www.champagne-gardet.com

Food and wine
Champagne is better if it has been opened and allowed to breathe for 20 to 30 minutes before drinking. We didn’t believe it when we were first advised to do this but it really works. Just open the bottle and leave it in the fridge; it will not lose its bubbles but will taste much better. This champagne has rich, yellow fruit flavours with good acidity so will match food that does not have overpowering flavours such as white meats and seafood.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Almost all champagnes have sugar added to them. Brut champagne can have up to 8 gms per litre. Champagnes spend most of their time in the bottle under a bottle top closure. When it is time to sell the champagne they remove the bottle cap and put in the champagne cork. During this process they add the sugar mixed with a little wine, referred to as dosage.

  • Cutlivar

    Pinot Noir

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Alcohol ABV

    12%

£17.75

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