A big bottle can be quite intimidating. One has to think of a suitable occasion to broach these wines in magnum or larger. However, it’s never an issue when we get together for our regular gatherings at the A-Prentice residence. She manages to have many good people turn up, and most are keen on good wine.
So SWMBO and I rocked up with an NV Champagne Gardet Brut Premier Cru. The bottle was a generous gift from a significant wine retailer, The Pooler, who has been influential in the marketplace, but who felt that we had done the wine industry good, for being supportive of it. The reality is, that like him, we just love good wine, and any service we offer stems from that love.
It was the start of the evening, on a balmy day, and as guests turned up, a cold and frothy Champagne was an ideal start. Everything about the Gardet is pretty much classical. Dry, but not austere. Refreshing but with an ethereal richness. Fruit character to burn, but stylish in presentation, and balanced by just the right amount of bready-yeasty autolysis. And none of the savoury aldehydes that can put people off, or say “it needs food”.
The Gardet family have been growing Champagne from the late 19th century but moved to their base in Chigny-les-Roses village in the 1930s. The ‘Brut Premier Cru’ is one of their ‘traditional’ wines, with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from Hautvillers, so has the gravitas to make it a wine with good presence. And so it was.
Strangely enough, we magnum bottle drained quickly, and we wished we had another…