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Gaston Chiquet "d'Aÿ" Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, N/V

$55.00
Gaston Chiquet "d'Aÿ" Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, N/V

Gaston Chiquet "d'Aÿ" Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, N/V

$55.00
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This is one of only two all-Chardonnay Champagnes made from Aÿ vineyards. The
vines were planted in 1935 by Nicolas' grandfather, who may have been the first to
plant Chardonnay in this bastion of Pinot Noir. The first time I tasted it I got a lesson
in terroir I haven't forgotten. There was an aroma I'd come to associate with other Aÿ
influenced Champagnes, Gosset, Bollinger, a couple of small growers I know, an Aÿ
aroma that actually overcame the Chardonnay aroma. Fruit runs to quince rather than
Chardonnay-apple.
The wine nearly always hails from a single crop, though Nicolas prefers to leave the
vintage off the label in case he needs to blend. (He bottles a super-cuvée in Mags that's
millésime).