Grape(s): 70% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier
Localization: Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Nervy, taut, pure and with a very low dosage – a full-bodied Champagne style, vinous and mineral – an ideal aperitif… one of the best values by-the-glass – it gets the palate going.
The Domain: Julie and Xavier Gonet-Médeville are, in many ways, the first couple of French wines. Both hail from storied winemaking families: Julie’s family is famous for its incomparable Chateau Gilette, and Xavier comes from a long line of Champagne growers in Le Mesnil. Leading a new generation of winemakers, they bring their family knowledge, methods and passion to the many wines they now make together.
In 2000, when his family’s plots were being divided, Xavier opted for a modest collection of the highest quality 1er and Grand Cru vineyards with a goal of producing only the most exquisite, small-production Champagnes.