Philippe Gonet Champagne Tasting with Special Guest Chantal Gonet

Friday, April 7, 2023 - 07:30 PM

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“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”

Mark Twain

All sparkling wines are not created equal and Champagne along with some of the finer examples of sparkling wines made with this same method established over the last few hundred years in France's northernmost wine region.

Champagne is the name of a region and therefore anything inside the boundaries of Champagne can use this name on their label, everything else is just sparkling wine.  The important thing to look for on the label when it comes to sparkling wines outside of the Champagne region is the method of production and if the words, methode champenoise are there were in business, this means that the sparkling wine in the bottle is made with the same standards that are used in the great wines from the Champagne region of France.

We drink Champagne and sparkling wines made with the methode champenoise here at Wine Watch every night as scientists have found evidence that they are good for your brain’s cognitive functions.  Seriously check out the article at the end of this offering for the dirt on how these tiny bubbles benefit your brain.

Discover one of the hidden secrets of Champagne as we welcome Chantal Gonet back to South Florida for an incredible tasting featuring the entire line-up of Philippe Gonet Champagne along with a special menu prepared by chef Toni Lampasone.  The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $295 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.

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Philippe Gonet Champagne tasting at Wine Watch Wine Bar
with Special Guest Chantal Gonet
Friday, April 7th
7:30pm

NV PHILIPPE GONET SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
NV PHILIPPE GONET 3210 BLANC DE BLANCS EXTRA BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
NV PHILIPPE GONET ROY SOLEIL GRAND CRU, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
NV PHILIPPE GONET BRUT ROSE, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
2011 PHILIPPE GONET BLANC DE BLANCS MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
2009 PHILIPPE GONET BELEMNITA BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

Menu
American Sturgeon Caviar stuffed potatoes
Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Crispy Pork Belly bites drizzled with orange marmalade Served over Georgia Grits
Ancho BBQ King Salmon with Wild Mushroom and Masoor Dal Succotash
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

This is a seated tasting and is limited to 16 tasters, the fee for this event is $295 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463.  Please let us know when you make your reservation if you have any dietary restrictions and chefs Toni and Dani will be happy to accommodate you. 

 

A bit about Champagne Philippe Gonet:

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Founded in 1830, Champagne Philippe Gonet is located in the heart of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, literally a stone’s throw away from Champagne Salon and a few steps away from Clos du Mesnil. The 23 hectares of family vineyards are divided among 47 parcels. Chardonnay is the Gonet’s select grape variety comprising 19 hectares planted in 11 different villages. One-third of their Chardonnay sites are in Le Mesnil, with one historical parcel located near the village entrance that was planted in 1929. In the early 1970s parcels in La Chapelle-Mothodon and Le Breuil were acquired for Pinot Noir. In 1990, the seventh-generation brother and sister team of Pierre and Chantal Gonet took control of their family estate when they were only 22 and 23 years old after the sudden death of their father.

They have succeeded in continuing to elevate the house as a reference for Chardonnay from Le Mesnil through wines of marked character, minerality and structure that express the rich, pure, nuanced terroir of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. For the past 100 years, the house has built its reputation on Blanc de Blancs. While technically a negociant, the Gonet family is among the largest family growers in Champagne and the majority of their production is from estate grown fruit. Pierre and Chantal are committed to espousing the terroir of Le Mesnil through their distinct Blanc de Blancs cuvees.

NV PHILIPPE GONET SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
3 LITER
Price: $395.00   Your Price: $347.60        Quantity in Stock: 4
NV PHILIPPE GONET SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
(MAGNUM)
Price: $139.00   Your Price: $122.32        Quantity in Stock: 13
NV PHILIPPE GONET SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $51.00     Your Price: $44.88          Quantity in Stock: 8
Brought to life with the Chardonnays from our terroirs on the Côte des Blancs, the Côte de Sézanne and Montgueux, this wine is characterized by its supple freshness. Our house’s emblematic cuvée is a champagne for all occasions and reflects the style of the winemaker : mineral focused. Marrying structure and freshness, this wine develops aromas of fresh butter and brioche. Characterized by its Chardonnay fruit flavor and straightforwardness, it is both a vivacious and generous Blanc de Blancs champagne.

NV PHILIPPE GONET 3210 BLANC DE BLANCS EXTRA BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE MAGNUM
Price: $150.00   Your Price: $132.00        Quantity in Stock: 9
NV PHILIPPE GONET 3210 BLANC DE BLANCS EXTRA BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $60.00     Your Price: $52.80          Quantity in Stock: 9
The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée 3210 assembles steel-fermented Chardonnay from Mesnil-sur-Oger and Montgueux (Aube). Lot L250716 is based on vintage 2012 (70%) and reserve wines from 2011 to 2001 (30%). Bottled in 2013 with no dosage, this cuvée opens very clear and pure on the nose, lean rather than complex. It is a very elegant, pure, straight, mineral and well-structured cuvée with a long and salty-mineral finish. This is excellent fizz that could gain even more complexity with bottle age!

Roy Soleil Grand Cru - Champagne Philippe Gonet

NV PHILIPPE GONET ROY SOLEIL GRAND CRU, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE MAGNUM
Price: $150.00   Your Price: $132.00        Quantity in Stock: 6
NV PHILIPPE GONET ROY SOLEIL GRAND CRU, BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $75.00     Your Price: $66.00          Quantity in Stock: 10
Origin : In honour of Louis XIV, who fostered champagne’s worldwide popularity, the cuvée Roy Soleil, born in 2003, is the fruit of the imagination of a young team, who had begun to harness their talents. Made from 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay parcels of the family vineyard in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, this cuvée is aged for 6 months in oak barrels and then bottled and cellared for at least 3 years.

Tasting : The delicate and elegant nose opens up to candied fruit (citrus, apricot) and gingerbread. Its woody forest bouquet develops with finesse unveiling a multitude of remarkable aromas. Its attack is mouth-filling, dominated by ripe citrus. This champagne offers a lovely freshness and a lasting finish worthy of the best wines.

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NV PHILIPPE GONET BRUT ROSE, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $60.00     Your Price: $52.80          Quantity in Stock: 40
NV PHILIPPE GONET BRUT ROSE, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE MAGNUM
Price: $149.00   Your Price: $131.12        Quantity in Stock: 7
The house’s Rosé is composed of 90% Chardonnay, paired with 10% Pinot Noir from the village of Vertus on the Côte des Blancs. The cellar master chose to make this cuvée a blended Rosé, bringing together all the freshness and fi nesse of a Chardonnay with the structure and fruit of a Pinot Noir. Cellar aging lasts at least 3 years in order to develop its aromatic excellence.

Tasting:  A profound robe with soft, silky pink tones. Its nose is intense and complex presenting a wonderful harmony of tangy, floral and spicy red fruits. Its finish is delicate and silky with a gorgeous mineral cut.

NV PHILIPPE GONET 'TER' BLANC BRUT, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $67.50     Your Price: $59.40          Quantity in Stock: 10
The TER Collection is born out 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 from 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.
Origin: 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 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; a tension is present and persists in a saline finish. An outstanding wine.

 

 

 

Tasting: Pale yellow with a green light. the perlage is abundant and live a fine mousse which stays at the top of the glass. Elegant nose, fine, fresh nuts, subtle vanilla aromas which introduce fresh citrus fruits like grapefruit and lime. The mouth smooth at the beginning lives quickly the place to the lively freshness typical of the chardonnay grape. The end on white flowers has a great salinity which comes from the chalk, makes remember the purity of the origin of the terroir.

 

2011 PHILIPPE GONET BLANC DE BLANCS MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $90.00     Your Price: $79.20          Quantity in Stock: 25
Spring was exceptionally hot and dry, resulting in an early harvest.  A lack of rainfall from March to May, when the vine grows greatly,  has an impact on vigour and vegetative expression. The lack of water has reduced mineralization, nitrogen assimilation and other elements provided by the soil. In many plots, this situation has resulted in a general decrease in vegetative expression. The period of water stress gives it a exceptional dimension with honourable returns.

2007 PHILIPPE GONET BLANC DE BLANCS MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE MAGNUM
Price: $180.00   Your Price: $158.40
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2009 PHILIPPE GONET BELEMNITA BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT MILLESIME, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $250.00   Your Price: $220.00        Quantity in Stock: 11
The colour is gold brilliant, the foam goes regularly. The nose is with honey, nuts, grilled almond, toasted aromas.   The mouth is long and reveals more maturity then vertical citrus fruits notes.  This looks like a young wine and you can age it in your cellar. It has the potential to surprise you if you decant it and pour it at 12°C. It will show the richness of its mineral terroir

1988 PHILIPPE GONET SPECIAL CLUB BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE
Price: $650.00   Your Price: $572.00        Quantity in Stock: 2

In the early 1970's a group of grower producers from the 17 grand cru villages of Champagne joined together to compete with the grand sized marquee houses and created a brand of their own that would only feature their top cuvees and only from great vintages.  Thus the "Champagne Special Club" was created.  These wines are aged for 5-7 years just like the other great prestige cuvée, sometimes also called a tête de cuvée, represents the most meticulously selected, most expensive, and presumably the highest quality champagne in a house's range. Well-known prestige cuvées include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Pol Roger's Sir Winston Churchill and Taittinger's Comtes de Champagne, while the first prestige cuvée of all was Dom Pérignon, launched by Moët & Chandon in 1936.  This 1988 vintage Special Club from Philippe Gonet came directly from the cellar and Wine Watch received the only 6 bottles that came to the USA. 

Scientific proof that Champagne is good for your brain

New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia.

Scientists at the University of Reading have shown that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.

The compounds work by modulating signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which control memory and learning. The compounds were found to favourably alter a number of proteins linked to the effective storage of memories in the brain.  Many of these are known to be depleted with age, making memory storage less efficient, and leading to poorer memory in old age and conditions such as dementia.  Champagne slows these loses and therefore may help prevent the cognitive losses that occur during typical and atypical brain ageing.

Champagne has relatively high levels of phenolics compared to white wine, deriving predominantly from the two red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are used in its production along with the white grape Chardonnay.  It is these phenolic compounds which are believed to be responsible for the beneficial effects of champagne on the brain.

Professor Jeremy Spencer, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, said: "These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory.  Such observations have previously been reported with red wine, through the actions of flavonoids contained within it.

"However, our research shows that champagne, which lacks flavonoids, is also capable of influencing brain function through the actions of smaller phenolic compounds, previously thought to lack biological activity. We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective."

 

Dr. David Vauzour, the researcher on the study, added: "in the near future we will be looking to translate these findings into humans.  This has been achieved successfully with other polyphenol-rich foods, such as blueberry and cocoa, and we predict similar outcomes for moderate Champagne intake on cognition in humans."

Previous research from the University of Reading revealed that two glasses of champagne a day may be good for your heart and circulation and could reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The paper is published in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.
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Notes for editors:

The University of Reading is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2012) and is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities

The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is the largest University department of its kind in the UK, combining state of the art teaching facilities, clinical nutrition unit, labs and the largest pilot processing plant in the UK. The Department is internationally recognised for the quality of its research and enjoys a high public profile both domestically and internationally.

 

The department continues to work with the food industry over a wide range of industrially funded research projects and contracts under our Food Chain and Health research theme. This includes one-to-one funding from multi-national companies through to small and medium sized enterprises.

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