CHAMPAGNE MICHEL GONET
AVIZE - CHAMPAGNE - FRANCE
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. Sophie Gonet and her brother Charles-Henri are seventh generation winegrowers who, with the expert hand of a young and talented winemaker, Antoine Gomérieux, have an adventurous flair for producing wines that express in perfect balance the typicality of their special terroir and the unique characteristics of each vintage. These are wines that, in our humble opinion, often outperform many of the famous (and much more expensive) big brands.
Gonet's vineyards span 40 hectares and contain some of the most coveted parcels in the entire region. The Grand Crus derive from 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, bringing freshness, and Montgueux, which adds body to the wines. Pinot Noir used for making a 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 vineyards shows a deep respect for nature, particularly when gazing at many of the neighbouring vineyards, which are void of life except the vine itself. Sadly, Champagne is all too often an atrocity of abused, unhealthy soils rich in herbicides, pesticides and vines muted with unnatural probiotic systemic treatments and excessive spraying. These elegant grower Champagnes are made with a most contientious intent and touch in both the vineyard and the winery. Fresh and vibrant upon release, the wines relax over time into complex, irresistible Champagnes; sublime expressions of the best of the region.
Blanc de Blancs ‘Le Mesnil Grand Cru’ 2012
The Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Grand Cru 2012 is Jancis Robinson MW’s single highest rated grower Champagne from the 2012 vintage and, in fact, the the fourth highest rated Champagne of the vintage (behind Cristal, Cristal Rose and Comte de Champage!):
18/20, Jancis Robinson MW - “From the Mesnil-sur-Oger lieu-dit Les Hautes Mottes. Disgorged 4 February 2020. Very nicely balanced racy aperitif or food champagne. Amazing persistence and some real lacy, almost entrancing evidence of autolysis on the nose. Pure fruit. Just the ticket!"
Blanc de Blancs ‘Les 3 Terroirs’ 2013
16.5/20, Jancis Robinson MW - “Blend of wines from Vindey, Montgueux and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Disgorged 5 December 2019 with a dosage of 5 g/l. Pale bronze colour and beautifully judged dosage. No austerity! Some quite rich autolysis and a bone-dry, appetising finish. Nice hint of apple skin but nothing excessive. An excellent aperitif with depth of flavour.”