Philippe Gonet TER Blanc
Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs
The TER Collection is born out of the desire to highlight our terroirs, hence the simplified name. They are subtle blends of three terroirs, carefully selected, for each cuvée. The bottle design is inspired by one blown in the 18th century, found in the cellars of the chateau. The collar is very thin and delicate; the curve of the shoulders is very generous. Pierre Gonet chose to make the collection in 60-hectoliter oak barrels, to bring out the complexity and depth of his wines. Without malolactic fermentation, these cuvées are exceptional. Some of the vines never received any insecticides or herbicides, out of respect for the soil, and a desire to have a more ecological approach. TER cuvées represent the epitome of Champagne Philippe Gonet’s style.
Pale yellow with a green light. The perlage is abundant and leaves a fine mousse which stays at the top of the glass. An elegant nose of fine, fresh nuts, and subtle vanilla aromas introduce fresh citrus fruits like grapefruit and lime. The mouth is smooth at the beginning and quickly leaves the place to the lively freshness typical of the Chardonnay grape. The end of white flowers has a great salinity which comes from the chalk and makes one remember the purity in the origin of the terroir.
This pure Chardonnay is a selection from three plots. One-third comes from “Les Hautes Mottes” of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; the second third, from the “Vozémieux” terroir of Oger. These two terroirs of the Cote des Blancs are classified as grand cru, and the vines have never received herbicides or pesticides. The last third comes from the soil “Les Corrigniers” of Ludes, premier cru, of the Montagne de Reims. This great wine is chiseled and precise; tension is present and persists in a saline finish. An outstanding wine.