White - Sparkling

N.V. Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ

Chardonnay

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 192

  • DK Amateur Likes this wine:

    September 16, 2022 - Disgorged October 2020. This is probably the finest chardonnay d'Aÿ I have had from Chquet. Complete, harmonious and beautiful, with citrus and dark smoky notes. Mouthfilling and refined. Really fine.

  • FiggySmalls wrote:

    September 9, 2022 - july 21 disgorgement

    This leaves a really bright-fruited (pear cider+lemon) nose in the empty glass, but that's not yet there with the wine. it's just kinda both closed and unfocused right now

    likewise (closed and unfocused) in the mouth. broad.

    texturally, I had one bottle with luxurious, persistent, fat bubbles.

    ... and another with pleasant dissipating pleasant fizz.

    There's some bottle variation but taste/nose wise they were the same.

    I prefer the Premier Cru "Tradition"

  • MJP Hou TX Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 23, 2022 - Picked this bottle up at Aspen Market in Jackson Hole. Asked clerk for a grower champagne and he pointed me to this.

    At PNP this wine was a bit green/tart and dominating citrus as other have noted. The brioche and toasted notes showed up on day two and completely changed my opinion on this selection.

    89 PNP

    92 with 24hrs of slow ox in the bottle.

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  • David J Cooper wrote: 90 points

    July 10, 2022 - Drank and enjoyed with popcorn. I did not think about it too much. Lots of green apple and yeast. Dry enough.

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  • JeanValjean24601 wrote:

    May 6, 2022 - Youthful yet reserved , linear/slightly racy acidity
    Underripe citrus on the body with a slight lemon hint . brioche finish. Refreshing mouthfeel overall

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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/17/2016 (link) 89 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ) Light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; apple, autolytic, pear nose; creamy textured, pear palate with some balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (based on 2011 vintage)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/3/2013 (link) 92 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ) Very light yellow color with steady, tiny bubbles; lightly oxidative, mineral, lightly yeasty, tart apple nose; tart pear, mineral, lightly yeasty palate; medium-plus finish (disgorged 10/12)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2011 (link) 91 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ) Very light yellow color with steady, tiny bubbles; bright, light tart apple, tart pear nose; tart pear, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (based largely on '07 vintage)

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  • By Terry Theise
    2011 Champagne Catalog, 6/1/2011 (link)

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ Brut) ($61.00) All ’07 now, disgorged 12/10. It’s cereal-like this year, or like raw oats, cream of barley, raw rye dough; this is snappier than last year’s ’06 – obviously – and needs longer to fill itself out. But it’s not lean, just pointed, and the finish already shows a complex mélange of hay-smoke, turkey thigh meat and stock.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/27/2010 (link) 89 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ) Light yellow color; tart apple, nectarine nose; tart apple, apple core palate; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/1/2009 (link) 90 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ) Very light yellow color with a green tinge; light lime, stone fruit, apricot nose; tart lime, chalk, mineral, tart citrus, grapefruit, green fruit palate; medium finish

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    11/22/2008 (link)

    (NV 1.5lt GASTON-CHIQUET Brut BdB) Holiday Champagne - G Dear Friends, I've sampled my fair share of Champagne over the last 20 years (not all of it ended up in the spittoon) and the transformation in the region has been stunning. Never has there been such a diverse and directed group of producers in every town wiling to burn the midnight oil to prove that Champagne is on par with great Burgundy or Bordeaux (not that most of us needed convincing of this fact). Champagne still has its fair share of under-performing houses or those attempting to beat the system with high-priced wine that is resting on the laurels of the appellation but (in general) there has never been a better time to discover the small producers and boutique grower-Champagne that was simply unavailable 15-20 years ago. Circa 1990, the entire region was dominated by a handful of very large commercial houses that had little competition for the world's dinner table - that is just not the case anymore. Producers in Champagne are now in a race to see who will outlast the other and it's forced everyone to increase their quality while declassifying more and more wine that would have gone into top bottlings in the past. You are the beneficiary of this ground-swell renaissance - one of the more profound in the vinous world. As a vacation destination, I highly recommend a visit to this area - a mere day-trip away from Paris. You will be greeted with open arms and the excitement in the region is palpable for knowledgeable and neophyte alike. All of the examples below are exceptional for what they are - you can throw darts and be assured of exemplary price/value for this level of quality. Both power and finesse represented - you can pick your style of choice but all of these will age very well, even the NV cuvees that should keep well for 6-10 years. Keep in mind, 1996 and 2002 are not the only years that vintage Champagne is worth investigating - you can experiment with 1998, 1999 and 2000 while you wait for your 1996 and 2002 wine to mature (drinking either vintage right now is il advised). Also keep in mind, if looking up other TNs, they are invariably for other NV disgorgements as these are the newest kids on the block - all have just arrived and will be available for pick up in a few weeks (well in time for Christmas/New Year's): NV Godme Brut Reserve 1er Cru (Verzenay) NV Gatinois Brut Grand Cru Rose' (Ay) 1999 Gaston-Chiquet Special Club Brut (Dizy) 2000 Gimonnet Brut Special Club (Cuis) (this wine is very difficult to find - an outstanding vintage example that is superior to their 1996 by a wide margin) ...plus a wonderful magnum that would make any holiday celebration a grand affair: NV Gaston-Chiquet Brut Blanc de Blanc 1.5lt (Ay) EXTREMELY LIMITED (VERY RARE in magnum - this is the best parcel of the NV BdB cuvee culled for magnums and it's a gorgeous wine - this is not the regular Tradition bottling, it's above that level) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Champ9730 Champ9740 Champ9750 Champ9760 Champ9770

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Tasting Some Bubbly At Blue Ribbon, Episode #370, 12/13/2007 (link) 90 points

    (NV Gaston Chiquet Blanc De Blancs) #2; COLOR-light golden; NOSE-almond shells; pretty vanilla components; subtle coconut peel; TASTE-extremely silky; extraordinary creaminess factor completely coating my palate; a heavy viscous component; roundness of the Apple peel & lemon zest is so much more profound than your standard N/V champagnes; great balance of acidity & fruit & creaminess & structure & the backend finish is just on a different planet; GV-90

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Gaston Chiquet
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne Grand Cru

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 640 (37%)
  • Consumed 1,080 (63%)

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Aperitif, Gougeres, Paired with Caviar and Buckwheat Bilinis, rack of lamb, test

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