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Champagne Gondé-Rousseaux Création Cuvee TS14 Extra Brut Premier Cru NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Gondé-Rousseaux Création Cuvee TS14 Extra Brut Premier Cru NV

An utterly delectable, organic, and biodynamically farmed Champagne from the commune of Taissy made by a fantastic 2nd generation Grower Producer! What’s not to love?

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Flavor Profile: Dry sherry, orange blossom, cherries, raspberry jam, flint and smoke, and orange peel
Time on Lees: 84 months
Dosage: 1.5 g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices

Why We Love It...

A new discovery in Champagne is always a treat – but when we can support an infinitesimally tiny, organic, and biodynamic producer that is crafting something really special...that is what we are all about! 

In the small commune of Taissy, a Premier Cru Village just a couple miles southeast of the city of Reims and Champagne’s beating heart – you’ll find the small domaine of Champagne Gondé-Rousseaux. Edith Rousseaux and Didier Gondé, parents of the current winemaker Florian Gondé, founded the estate in 1976, with a little less than 4 hectares of vineyards planted to a mix of chardonnay, pinot meunier, and pinot noir.

Their focus has always been on single vineyards and micro-productions and chose to farm their plots organically and biodynamically to extract the most complexity and energy from their small farm. They use very little sulfur in the production process and avoid any non-natural addition or treatment whenever possible. Attention to detail is what they rely on to make clean, vibrant, and singularly expressive wines – and based on what we’ve tasted so far – this is done quite well, indeed.

This Création cuvee utilizes a base of the 2014 vintage, relying on a blend of 30% chardonnay, 30% pinot meunier, and 30% pinot noir, with the final 10% being a blend of their unique reserve cuvee. Small lots of grapes are pressed separately, with a natural settling and fermentation to follow. Malolactic fermentation is blocked to preserve freshness, and the vin clair sees a careful aging of at least six months on the gross lees to build texture and roundness. From there, blending and bottling commence – with aging in bottle for a total of seven years prior to disgorgement, and a tiny dosage of just 1.5 grams per liter added in July of 2022.

After nearly two years on the cork, this floral and lightly oxidative wine leads with a soft mouse and lightly golden color. Heady and enticing aromas of dry sherry turn to fresh sensations of orange blossom, and cherries. The first sip is loaded with impeccable freshness and class, giving more cherries, then raspberry jam, complemented by flint and smoke, with a zippy and pithy orange peel character that uplifts the sweet fruit core into the realm of elegance. Bright acidity keeps this purring, and a warming, spiced note develops on the long and seamless finish. This is really quite delectable stuff – a perfect showcase of complexity and depth, harmony and balance, that would compete in a class of far more expensive Champagnes ably. We secured as much as we could – but there is little enough to go around, and I’m afraid it won’t be enough to survive for long! Get a handful, ‘cause a single bottle of this simply delightful bubbly simply won’t do!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 35% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Florian Gondé
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 189
Pair it with: Roasted cod with romesco, green olives, and a Jamon Serrano crisp

Champagne Gondé-Rousseaux Création Cuvee TS14 Extra Brut Premier Cru NV

$59
$125

Retail

53

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