Champagne Brut, ‘Tradition’, Gaston-Chiquet
|Cépages: 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir|
|Assemblage: Base 2010|
|Vineyard/Village: Hautvillers 1er Cru, Dizy 1er Cru, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 1er Cru
and few Aÿ Grand Cru
|Elevage: Stainless steel|
|En Tirage Aging: 72 months|
Vallee de la Marne
Tasting NotesWe continue to ship the 2010-based cuvée, because Nicolas was the only producer in my portfolio to get out in front of the 11-issue and who, from the very beginning, spoke about it openly and honestly. Our goal here is to leap directly to the 2012-base. Nicolas is also a believer in disgorging long before shipping, so this wine has been on the cork since January 2015. In essence this wine combines the pumpernickel-sweetness of Meunier with a walnutty richness typical of this part of theMarne, and what makes it most wonderful is that it’s both extremely articulate and openly friendly. It is class defined and enacted. If you think such qualities are mainstream, shame on you. Such qualities are rare, my friend, and you do not have the privilege to take them for granted. This edition is typically nutty and dark-bready; it has the 2010 brightness and the spicy spine. The fundamental things apply, don’t they! The reserve-wines are 7% 2009 and 14% 2004. —Terry Theise
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Press & Reviews
Fresh and lively, with a leesy hint of bread dough mixing with candied berry, quince paste, lemon zest, wax and fleur de sel. Fine-grained, with a lip-smacking, juicy finish. Disgorged April 2011. Drink now through 2018. –AN
(60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; disgorged in January, 2013 after two years on its lees): Pale orange. Energetic, tightly focused strawberry, raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by Asian spices and smoky minerals. Shows deeper cherry and black raspberry on the palate, along with gentle anise and floral nuances. Finishes with excellent clarity and length and a snap of bitter berry skin. In a racy, precise style that will pair well with lighter foods or give pleasure on its own.
Chiquet's NV Brut Tradition is drop-dead gorgeous. Apple, green pear, sweet spices, mint and anise lift out of the glass in this perfumed, strikingly beautiful Champagne. Clean, focused and perfumed, the Tradition is absolutely fabulous, not to mention one of the very best Champagnes in its price range readers will come across. The Brut Tradition is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, based on 2009 plus dollops of 2008 and 2007, all done in steel. This bottle was disgorged in February 2013.