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Founded in 1830, the Champagne Philippe Gonet is located in the heart of Le Mesnilsur-Oger. The 20 hectares of family vineyard are spread over 35 plots planted in 8 villages different.
This champagne is defined by the exclusive and confi dential selection of grand cru Chardonnays from Mesnil-sur-Oger, where certain vines were planted in 1929. A harvest that takes no shortcuts, this cuvée owes its name to the fossils, the belemnite rostrums, which line the soil. This champagne is the perfect expression of the chalky terroir that bore it. The wine rests for at least 6 years in our cellars, and has an extra-brut level of dryness.
The Philippe Gonet style combines minerality and pleasure. Our vines all benefit from legendary terroir made up of limestone subsoil, rich in fossils, 40 meters deep, formed more than 100 million ago years. This terroir is worked insecticide-free, herbicide-free, and with organic fertilizer.
Elevation: 50m to 150m
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Plot: 100% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru
Aging: 6 months in thermo-regulated stainless steel or resin epoxy tanks 6 months followed by 7 years in the bottle at a constant 12°C in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Alcohol Content: 12%
Guy Savoy *** in Paris
Les Crayères ** in Reims
The Champenoise Plate *** at Reims
Per Se *** in New York
The Clarence ** in Paris
Production: 4000 bottles
The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusually for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favourable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were “typical” of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots Noirs.