Vineyard: Estate-owned Pinot Noir (majority is Petit Pinot d’Ay) and Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Äy. Most of their Pinot holdings are comprised of massale selection Petite Pinot d’Ay: a small-yielding, tiny berried clone that is unique to this village.
Orientation: South-facing hillside vineyards
Soil: It has a good percentage of limestone found in subsoils. Technically located in Vallée de la Marne, but its terroir and exposition are more like Montagne de Reims.
Vinification: Assemblage-style rosé made mostly from the 2012 vintage, with a small bit of reserve wine. The still wine (Pinot Noir) was sourced from 60 year old vines. Fermented (100% malo) in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts.
Aging: Tank-aged sur lies for 3 years (still Pinot aged in wood for one year); 6 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
Production: 580 cases/year
Notes: Spectacular Champagnes made in a winey, Pinot-y, style. This assemblage rosé is marked by structure, power and elegance. 6 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
Publication: Wine advocate
The estate's NV Brut Rose Grand Cru is a piercing, vibrant rose that shows notable intensity and focus that carries through to a crystalline finish. Ideally it is best served at the table, where the brightness will pair beautifully with a wide range of foods. The Brut Rose Grand Cru is 90% Pinot Noir (predominantly Petit Pinot d- Ay) and 10% Chardonnay. This release is based on 2005, with a dash of 2004 and 2006. The wine was mostly vinified in stainless steel (the still Pinot saw oak) and was bottled with 6 grams of dosage. This is Lot# L50-04, disgorged: Summer, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.
Publication: Wine Spectator
A focused rosé, with a fine and creamy bead, featuring ripe and aromatic sun-dried black cherry and toasted raisin bread notes, layered with accents of preserved lemon, almond skin and fleur de sel. Offers a fresh, well-cut finish. Disgorged November 2014. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made.
A standout, the NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru from Gatinois is also one of the highlights among this year's crop of new releases. Vinous, rich and intense, the Rosé will appeal most to readers who enjoy bold, racy Champagnes. This Pinot Noir-based Rosé exudes richness, intensity and class. Don't miss it. Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The new release of Gatinois non-vintage Brut Rosé is from the base year of 2012 and is its customary blend of ten percent chardonnay and ninety percent pinot noir, sourced from the family’s vineyards in Aÿ, with all of the vins clairs fermented in stainless steel and having gone through full malo. The red still pinot that goes into the blend (seven percent) hails from sixty
year-old vines and is raised in casks, so one can sense a nice touch of the oak in the finished wine as a result. The modest dosage of this cuvée this year is six grams per liter. This is more generous than the last version I tasted, from base year 2010, and is drinking beautifully already, soaring from the glass in a refined aromatic blend of blood orange, a touch of rhubarb, chalky
soil tones, wheat toast and a discreet smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a touch spicy, with a superb core of fruit, lovely soil signature, elegant mousse and fine length and grip on the zesty and complex finish. Gatinois makes really high class Brut Rosé and this new release is another ringing success from this under the radar, first rate Aÿ producer. 2017-2035.