VINES: Average age: 27 years. 8,300 to 10,000 vines by hectare, pruned according to “Chablis” and“Cordon de Royat” methods.
HARVEST: Grapes harvested by hand in September, transported in vented crates. Hydraulic presses of4,000 kg.
SOIL: Clay and limestone on belemnita quadrata chalk. This chalk variety stores and radiates solar heat, maximizes drainage of excess water and retains humidity in summer. It stores the principal minerals that give the grapes their high ester content.
TASTING NOTES: Pale golden hue, fine mousse. Expressive nose of glazed or dried fruit, quince paste and honey. Ample palate evoking the nose, aromatic finish.
Vinification: By parcel. Static settling 15-20 hr. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, tartaric stabilization. Bottled 4-6 months after harvest. Aged 5 years.
Terroir: Vineyards around the villages of Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.
Soil: Clay and limestone on belemnita quadrata chalk.
Bottle size: 750 ml
Vintage: 2005 Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Age of vines: 27 years Alcohol (ABV): 12.5% Dosage: 8 g/l
Eight generations have passed since Nicolas CHIQUET planted his first vine in 1746. In 1919, brothers Fernand and Gaston CHIQUET – winemakers born and bred – came together to create their house, CHIQUET Brothers. They were pioneers in Champagne, among the very first winemakers to take the initiative, bold at the time, to keep their grapes, turn them into Champagne and sell their own product. In 1923, they were awarded their first medal in PARIS, then their gold medal in EPERNAY. In 1935, Gaston CHIQUET separated from his brother to create his own brand. At the beginning of the 1950s, Gaston CHIQUET and his son Claude extended the family domain into the areas of Aÿ and Hautvillers, bringing new blending possibilities. In turn, Claude CHIQUET and his sons, Antoine and Nicolas, ensure continuity by complying with the family rule: “Our primary goal is to maintain the quality standards of our heritage.” While the techniques have been improved, the tradition remains the same. In 2003, Antoine and Nicolas CHIQUET’s turn. These brothers assure continuity while respecting their ancestral rules. The techniques improve – the tradition endures Today, for over 80 years, the brand Champagne Gaston Chiquet is still lead by the family. The two brothers and the next generation, Marion Chiquet (Antoine’s daughter) work 23 hectares of vineyards situated primarily in the precious perimeter of Dizy, Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Hautvillers. The three grape varieties used in Champagne are cultivated in the following proportions: Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Meunier 30%, Pinot noir 20%.