100% Pinot Noir
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.
South-facing hillside vineyards
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.
Composed mainly of the 2014 vintage, with a small bit of reserve wine. Fermentation (100% malo) in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts.
Tank-aged sur lies for 2+ years; 7 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
Spectacular Champagnes made in a winey, Pinot-y, style with the village of Ay's signature cherry flavors.These champagnes can stand up to many types of food...even foie gras! 7 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement (by hand): April 2017
The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition impresses for its precise, chiseled expression of fruit. A vein of minerality runs through the wine, adding freshness and length to an overall sense of classiness. This isn't a blockbuster, but rather a refined, elegant wine well worth seeking out. The Tradition 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 vinified in stainless steel and bottled with 6 grams of dosage. This is Lot# 10.01, disgorged Summer, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014.
Juicy notes of creamed apple and plum puree are lightly spiced, with ground ginger, anise and clove accents. Hints of roasted almond, pastry and crystallized honey add richness and ride the fine, creamy mousse to a lightly chalky finish. Disgorged February 2013. Drink now through 2020. 2,100 cases made. - AN
The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru is a very pretty, entry-level wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Pinot Noir takes center stage in this expressive, resonant Champagne. Hints of spice and vanillin add shades of nuance. There is more than enough energy and tension to balance the natural intensity of the Pinot. Disgorged: July 2015. Dosage is 6 grams per liter.
The current bottling of Gatinois Brut Tradition is composed of a blend of eighty percent pinot noir and twenty percent chardonnay, with the vins clairs fermented and raised in stainless steel and going through full malolactic fermentation. The wine is from the base year of 2012, with the customary thirty percent reserve wines included and the dosage this year is six grams per liter. The wine offers up classic Aÿ pinot noir tones in its complex bouquet of peach, apple, patissière, complex soil nuances, dried flowers and a discreet topnote of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and vinous in personality, with a lovey core, fine soil signature, elegant mousse and impressive length and grip on the classic finish. Lovely juice, as it always is from year to year. 2017-2035+.
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