Type: Champagne
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Code: GARD170
An elegant champagne that perfectly expresses the dual signatures of the Gardet style; modernity and tradition.

Champagne Gardet

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.

Warm notes of ripe yellow fruits; fresh and persistent finish with a delicate complexity.
A dinner champagne, to serve with braised red meats, rich poultry such as goose or capon simply cooked so as to reveal all the meat’s intense flavour.
Only Premier cru grapes are used and originate from Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne & Côte des Blancs. The Brut Réserve is characterised by specific ageing of still wines and an extended bottle ageing in cellars. A first blend made solely out of wines from the last harvest, where one part is used to compose 75% of the Brut Reserve, the other part is sent for ageing in oak “Foudres”. They are made out of oak from the Vosges mountains and their capacity varies between 25hl and 40hl, their age varies from 50 to 100 years old. The wines from the first blend are reunited with a portion of wines which were already aged in Foudres the previous year - this constitutes the other 25% of Brut Réserve. Bottle-ageing on lees happens for six to eight years with a minimum 3 months after disgorgement before release. A dosage of 6 g/L is added from a liquor made out of the same wine and beet sugar.

Highly Commended - Wine Merchant Top 100, 2024. Jancis Robinson: 16.5/20 points "caramel and brioche, very rich and creamy on the nose". Christine Austin, Yorkshire Post, December 2019: "Merry Fizz-mass"

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