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GASTON CHIQUET Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ Grand Cru Brut NV

(Champagne, France) $60

This Grower Champagne comes onto the palate like a lightning bolt that splits the night sky in two. Electric and alive, the flavors—lime zest, vanilla bean, oyster shell, and wet rock—are fast and engulfing. Yet this is also a very textural Champagne of great finesse and aerial lift.  I love its cool temperament. Gaston Chiquet was founded in the early 1900s and their Blanc de Blancs comes from vineyards in the famous village of Aÿ, known for superb Pinot Noir, but the Chardonnay that grows around the village is a knockout too. (I’m hoping some of this will be under the Christmas tree.) (12.5% abv)

95 points KM

Available at Wine.com

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