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The Gonet family has a deep history in the Champagne region dating back to the 15th century. Their total vineyard holdings are around 40 hectares, consisting mostly of Chardonnay on the Côte des Blancs. The vines are located in the villages of Le Mesnil sur Oger, a little further south, in Vindey on the Sézannais hillsides, and also near Troyes, on the slopes of Montgueux. This 2016 is coming entirely from one of the Gonet family’s most historic parcels: Les Hautes Mottes in Le Mesnil Sur Oger and spent 5 years on its lees with no dosage.
Though they don’t currently adhere to or consider themselves to fall under any particular category of farming, i.e. organic, biodynamic, regenerative, etc.., they are and have been developing a coherent practice of reasoned cultivation. Under these practices they work the soils gently, remove weeds but allow cover crop for periods of the year, all with the aim of reducing inputs and protecting the biodiversity of their sites. Different natural techniques are employed in the vineyards to wart off any pests or diseases, these techniques are always chemical free, and range the gambit between tried & true practices to more experimental.
In the cellar things are fairly straight forward, the use of both tank and barrel is widely used, as well as extended lees aging to coax depth and texture out of the juice. There are no additives say small amounts of SO2 and the dosages are always on the low side.
Beautiful pale gold color, light, elegant and refreshing. This cuvée made 100% from chardonnay stand out thanks to its low amount of sugar added, allowing us to discover the beauty of a wine which comes from the best plots of the Champagne region.
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