Origin: Gremillet Estate, Troyes, France (Non-Vintage)
Taste guide: Extra Dry, floral with sweet brioche overtones, balanced by peach skin, baked buscuit flavours and a citrus finish. Good mousse, unoaked
75cl - 12.5% - Mushroom cork closure - Suitable for vegetarians
The Gremillet estate was founded by Jean-Michel Gremillet in 1979 when he inherited a plot of vines from his mother, Lulu. Today, the house possesses over 40 hectares of vineyards and is situated in a small village 45 kilometres from Troyes - the historic capital of Champagne - and 180 kilometres south of Reims. The vines lie on steep, sun-drenched hillsides in Kimmeridgian clay-limestone soils. Pinot Noir is king here, and constitutes around 94% of Gremillet’s plantings, with the remainder dedicated to Chardonnay, ideal for creating a classic, baked biscuit, rich, fruit-flavoured Champagne.
The vineyards, situated in the southern reaches of Troyes achieve greater ripeness which leads to a richer fruit and classic baked biscuit flavours mixed with characteristic toasty yeast overtones. Only the first, lightest pressings are used, as is usual for fine Champagne. Classic slow second fermentation in bottle followed by maturing on the lees for at least 18 months before being disgorged and released for sale.
Drinks very nicely well chilled on its own of course (but not on your own - this is the sociable drink par excellence after all!), but also recommended with light nibbles, salads and simple fish dishes.
Shows fine mousse in the glass and fresh floral aromas mixed with characteristic toasty yeast overtones, which are balanced by richer fruit and a crisp citrus finish.
Listed on various other wine sites at circa £24 - Binendwines' price is just £18! (very few remaining)