The noble vine
In Mesnil-sur-Oger, the Gonets grow 11 acres of vines out of 47 acres divided in 45 plots, 11 terroirs including a plot of old vines planted in 1929. They grow in the care of a discerning, responsible and sustainable agriculture: Vines of Chardonnay, king of grape varieties in Le Mesnil, Oger, Vertus for the Côte des Blancs, elected place where the chalk, iodized and saline influences are most strongly expressed, a living flesh, a limestone vase composed of Cocoliths, children of plankton, populated by sea shells, belemnites resembling long archaic squids.
The sea, almost 100 million years ago, left here the miraculous chalk that hydrates and nourishes the vine. This is where the estate flatters its great whites of whites. In order to get a closer insight of the identity of the Champagne region, the Gonets are also watching over their vines, in Vindey, in Fontaine-sur-Ay on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims massif, in Le Breuil and La Chapelle Monthodon on the left bank of the Marne valley, in Ludes and Chigny-les-Roses on the north slope of the Montagne de Reims, and finally in Montgueux. Here and there we buy for 5 ha, carefully-grown grapes, pinot noirs and sometimes chardonnays, meticulously selected and resold.