CHAMPAGNE MICHEL GONET
AVIZE - CHAMPAGNE - FRANCE
"These elegant grower Champagnes have a combination of weight, texture and verve that betters many much more expensive Grand Marques.”
- Noble Rot Magazine
Dating back to 1802, the Gonet family have been producing wine in Avize, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, for over two centuries. The signature style - showcasing minerality and complexity with exceptional freshness and persistence - is everything we love about Champagne.
Their Grand Crus derive from a family plot in the village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, a terroir famous for bringing tension, minerality and incomparable length to the Chardonnay. Here, Gonet shares illustrious company, with the likes of Krug and Salon a literal stone's throw away.
The family’s blends are bolstered with Chardonnay from Vindey in the Côte de Sézanne, and the chalk hill of Montgueux in the Aube. Pinot Noir used for making their delightful Blanc de Noirs and Rose comes from a family plot nestled on the cool slopes of Fravaux in the Côte des Bar. A walk through their vines shows a deep respect for nature, their land and their community.
Run with extraordinary energy by Sophie Signolle Gonet, who has cast-iron beliefs about what is and is not important in Champagne, the house operates according to simple but supremely important principles:
1. Gonet only work with their own fruit - a true grower.
2. Disease and pests are controlled only by natural means, never with chemicals.
3. Every cuvee is a single variety, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
4. Every cuvee is from a single vintage, including those labelled 'NV'.
5. Dosage is either not used at all or kept very low (extra brut levels).
NV Michel Gonet Blanc de Noirs ‘6g.’
Single vineyard: Le Varlan in Fravaux (Cöte des Bars)
100% Pinot Noir
No malolactic fermentation
Two years on lees
Disgorged May 2021
From the 2018 vintage (disgorged too early for Vintage Champagne classification)
2017 Michel Gonet Blanc de Blancs ‘Les 3 Terriors’
From Gonet parcels in three villages: Mesnil sur Oger, Vindey and Montgueux No Malolactic fermentation
Five years on lees
Disgorged May 2022
2014 Michel Gonet Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Mesnil-sur-Oger
Single vineyard: 'Les Hautes Mottes' in Mesnil sur Oger Seven years on lees
Disgorged April 2022
Champagne Michel Gonet Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Mesnil-sur-Oger
“Amazing persistence and some real lacy, almost entrancing evidence of autolysis on the nose. Pure fruit. Just the ticket!”
18 points - Jancis Robinson MW
“This is such a fine Blanc de Blancs expression of the Grand Cru Mesnil Sur Oger and is the newest release in the market from 2014. There is a subtle lemon zest note on opening. Finely textured with silky, creamy definition on the palate. The greatest attribute however, is the persistent back palate, showing depth of flavour with lemon meringue and a green apple touch... An outstanding grower champagne that can match the greatness of the very best cuvées.”
96 points - David Stevens-Castro, Wine Pilot