The vineyards of Gonet-Medeville are all located in the vicinity of Epernay. They are famous for their exceptionally chalky soil. The vines are remarkably well-kept, harvested at low yields and sustainably-farmed. They are located on superb Premier Cru slopes in Bisseuil (known for its Pinot Noir) and the two Grands Crus of Ambonnay (great Pinot Noir) and Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger (top-notch Chardonnay). This lovely Champagne is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier with minimal dosage. Sexy, taut, and pure – a full-bodied Champagne style – that is an ideal aperitif and one of the best value Champagnes. It gets the palate going!
Pairings: Starters, chicken, fresh fish, shellfish, veggies, hard and triple creme cheeses or as an apéritif!
The classic example of sparkling wine is Champagne from France, but many other examples are produced in other countries and regions, such as Franciacorta and Prosecco in Italy, Sekt in Germany and Austria, Espumante in Portugal and Cava in Spain. Some of these are made according the production method called "Traditional Method." This is how Champagne is produced and considered the highest quality way to make a sparkling wine.
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All of the vineyards are situated on deep chalk soils. Champagne is situated on the same great basin that also forms the famous white cliffs of Dover in southern England. The chalk, a natural moisture regulator, provides good drainage (chalk can absorb up to 40% of its volume in water) and reflects precious sunlight and its heat
In a region where the annual temperature is just slightly above the minimum temperature required to ripen grapes — 50°F(10°C) — slight variations of slope and aspect are crucial. Most of the best vineyards are planted on slopes at an altitude high enough to be clear of frost (usually above 300ft or 90m), but low enough (below 690ft or 210m) to be sheltered from extreme weather conditions.
Lying on a deep bed of crustaceous chalk beneath a thin layer of topsoil, the slopes of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs provide the best vineyards. The greatest concentration of villages designated as Grand and Premier Cru are found in these two areas.
The Montagne de Reims is planted mainly with Pinot Noir. Although it contains the northernmost vineyards – some even north-facing – its peculiar microclimate is well suited for the growing of the Pinot Noir grape. The Montagne is a forested plateau south of Reims. Its wines give the great champagnes their backbone – their weight and richness.