A enlivening aroma of apples and lemon, mixed with some bready yeast notes that make me think of a tarte tatin. A gentle fizz with an incredibly long finish. Some Chablis-esque minerality too. Very good
Most Champagne we buy (Bollinger, Veuve Cliquot, Laurent Perrier etc) is grand marque – literally meaning big brand. Grand marques are negociants, meaning they buy grapes from existing vineyards rather than grow their own. They typically blend across multiple sites in each cuvee. Grower Champagne by comparison focused on winemakers who both grow their own grapes as well as produce their own wines. Michel Gonet uses three plots of land (hence 3 Terroirs) for this 2010 blanc de blancs. Blanc de blancs uses only chardonnay for the wine, which has huge ageing potential and really brings about the rich, buttery apple & lemon side to a Champagne.