For his newly launched wine import business, pioneering food and wine critic, cookbook author and culinary explorer David Rosengarten (www.drosengarten.com) is making three legendary Michel Gonet champagnes available in the U.S.
“Champagne is one of my passions. When I met Michel Gonet and tasted his extraordinary vintages, I knew they would make the perfect celebratory debut to kick off my wine sales—not to mention they pair beautifully with caviar,” said David Rosengarten.
Founded in 1802 by Charles Gonet, the family-owned Champagne house has been producing award-winning Champagnes for more than seven generations. Their three exquisite blanc de blancs Champagnes available through David Rosengarten Selections include:
2002 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, $68
This aged Champagne has flavors of yeast and grilled bread, of course…but also aged Cognac, licorice and vanilla. With dense and distinct bubbles. It pairs perfectly with light-to-medium bodied foods with earthy undertones, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, sweetbreads, or preserved lemon.
2004 Nude Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, $68
This Chardonnay-based Champagne is made from 50-60 year old 100% Grand Cru vineyards in Mesnil. The name refers to the relatively low dosage; this is a clean, sleek, bursting-with-life Champagne, with aged nuances, that is a palate-igniter at the start of a meal.
2004 Prestige Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, $84
Richer than the other Gonets, with more power and a sumptuous mousse, this wine is sheer luxury and elegance. The nose develops towards aromas of honey, white blossom, and quince. “If you're looking to impress (at an absurdly reasonable price for quality of this kind!),” says David, “this is a magnificent dinner-party-opener.”
All three wines are available at www.dRosengarten.com/shop.
About David Rosengarten
Pioneering food and wine critic, cookbook author and culinary explorer, David Rosengarten, has written about food products, wines, restaurants, gastronomic travel destinations and related subjects for more than 25 years. His new website, http://www.dRosengarten.com is a destination for food and wine enthusiasts seeking variety and inspiration. The site offers travel highlights, recipes, entertaining tips, instructional videos and more – all delivered in David’s signature style. For more information, visit http://www.dRosengarten.com or follow @d_rosengarten on Twitter.
About Michel Gonet
The Michel Gonet house was established in 1802 by Charles Gonet and today, seven generations later, is run by Michel Gonet's daughter Sophie. Champagne Michel Gonet specializes in chardonnay, owning 40 hectares of vineyards that stretch across the best terroirs for this grape variety. The Gonet Vineyards are located in the Cote des Blancs are located in Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger. They only produce champagne from their own vineyards.