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Gonet-Medeville Champagne 1er Cru Brut Tradition N/V
Region: Champagne
Winery: Gonet-Medeville
Grapes: 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, 5% Piniot Meunier
Color: Sparkling
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Description: "This rich bubbly shows good definition, thanks to its firm, lively acidity, providing a fine frame on which to showcase the wine's lightly honeyed apple, quince, floral and spice flavors. The smoke-tinged finish is long and lingering." -Wine Spectator


Publication Score Comments
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 90 "Brilliant straw color. Spicy lemon, strawberry and floral honey aromas are complicated by a subtle hint of baking spices. Brisk and focused, with surprising weight and juicy red berry and orchard fruit flavors. The spicy quality returns on the finish, which is nicely brisk and clinging. Leaves a suave trail of minerals behind. This should be great as an aperitif."
Wine & Spirits Magazine NA BEST BUY! "A country Champagne, this is less about finesse than vinous reality. Its sparkle carries spice, cutting through the round, lemon curd flavors, leaving a formidable wake for pate de foie gras."
Wine Spectator 92 A firm version, with an airy mousse and a light toast to flavors of black currant, oyster shell, lemon zest and sliced almond, backed by vibrant acidity. Lingers on the creamy finish. Disgorged July 2015. Drink now through 2019. 455 cases imported. (11/16)
The Wine Advocate 92 The recent disgorgement of the NV Brut Premier Cru Tradition is a blend of 70% Chardonnay from Bisseuil, Pinot Noir (from Ambonnay and Bisseuil) and a bit of Pinot Meunier (from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ), mostly based on the 2014 vintage (80%) plus 2013/2012. Fermented in 60% barriques bordelaise and aged on the second lees for 36 months, this cuvée has an intensely aromatic yet pure and mineral bouquet followed by a full-bodied, pure and powerful yet refreshing palate with lots of fruit and structure as well as remarkable freshness. It's complex and mineral, a bit loud perhaps and with nice grapefruit bitterness. Still very fresh, it needs some time to gain more finesse and elegance. Disgorged in March 2018 with a dosage of six grams per liter. Tasted April 2018.
The Wine Advocate 92 Disgorged in November 2018, the new release of Gonet-Medeville's NV Brut Premier Cru Tradition is showing very well after a year on cork, offering up an expressive bouquet of honeyed peach, oatmeal, Meyer lemon and subtle hints of the nutty complexity to come with further aging. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, fleshy and generous, with terrific concentration, racy acids and a pinpoint mousse. Not only is this an excellent Champagne, but it's a remarkably good value, too. (5/2020)