Gardet was established in 1895 by Charles Gardet in Epernay. In the 1930s, his son, Georges Gardet, continued the family tradition by moving to Chigny-les-Roses to develop the Champagne Gardet brand. It was sold to the Prieux family in 2007. The Prieuxs have invested in the business, but wisely retained the features of the style of wine made over the years, only slightly refining it to be a little more forward-drinking with more fruit freshness and balance. The house owns around 7 ha of premier cru vineyards around their home villages of Chigny-Les-Roses, Ludes and Rilly la Montage. The long tirage time and the use of a high proportion of reserve wine has marked the house style, and in fact is a distinguishing feature of Champagne Gardet.
Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries), hints of pink grapefruit and orange peel; fresh and bright on the palate. A wonderfully sustained and pearl mousse, great intensity and long finish.
This fine and fresh champagne will be best enjoyed during an outside aperitif. It will furthermore be a refreshing match to exotic dishes. Also good with a light strawberry tart.
A classic and complex Rose Champagne, with the vibrant salmon pink colour the result of a short maceration on skins, with most of the colour coming fromn the addition of approx 25ml of ripe Pinot Noir juice, made from grapes picked and fermented seperately. Once blended, the pink wine is transferred into bottle and undergoes an extended 28 month ferment in the bottle before disgorgement and topping up with older reserve wines, before corking, labelling and settling prior to sale
Wine Spectator: 90/100 points.