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Champagne Gardet was established in 1895 by Charles Gardet in Chigny-les-Roses, just south of Reims. It was sold to the Prieux family in 2007, who have invested in the business, but wisely retained the features of the style of wine made over the years, only refining it to be a little more forward-drinking with more fruit freshness and balance. The house owns around 7 ha of premier cru vineyards around the home village of Chigny-les-Roses, Ludes and Rilly la Montagne, the fruit going to the best cuvees in the 1.2 million bottle annual production. The long tirage time and the use of a high proportion of reserve wine has marked the house style, and in fact is a distinguishing feature of Champagne Gardet.
Gardet Brut Reserve showcases the character of aged reserve wines, as well as the ‘prestige' style of this Champagne house. This is two-thirds Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with one-third Chardonnay, 25% reserve wine added, aged on lees 5 years, the dosage being 5 g/L. Dark straw-yellow colour with some golden hues. The bouquet is full, rich, with strong toasty overtones, backed by layers of creamy notes. This is a robust wine with intense flavours, quite open in expression.