Review: Penet-Chardonnet Millesime Extra Brut 2005

If you’re looking for an elegant, refreshing Champagne, look no further –  the Penet-Chardonnet Millesime Extra Brut 2005 is your ticket to delicious, luxurious drinking.

Winehos caught up with head of the Penet-Chardonnet estate, Alexandre Penet who represents the fifth generation to run the estate, at the International Wine Challenge taste of gold event.  (We’re not the only ones who think this Champagne is good – it’s an IWC gold medal winner).

Alexandre Penet - Proprietaire, Owner and CEO of Penet-Chardonnet Champagne

Alexandre oversees every aspect of production starting from the vine all the way through to marketing.  He believes that the low dosage style (note low dosage means low sugar) fits the terroir very well as it better reflects the natural quality of the wine, he also notes there is more demand in the market for it.

The Champagne itself is more Pinot Noir focussed (being 70 per cent Champagne and 30 per cent Pinot Noir), and a dosage of less than six grams of sugar.  The Champagne has a gorgeous white flower fragrance, has small fine bubbles and a light refreshing finish. It’s well balanced and allows the fruit to shine without being overpowering, just perfect.

Penet-Chardonnet is an independent, traditional estate that exclusively produces Champagne in the ultra premium, 100% Grand Cru range. Growing vines in the Champagne region for over 400 years has allowed the family to perfect the art of truly exceptional Champagnes.  And, while Penet Chardonnet maintains the very best traditions and methods,  they also embrace new technology and are the first Champagne house to include QR codes on their labels.

The  6-hectare vineyard stretches along the towns of Verzy and Verzenay, a Grand Cru area in the Montagne de Reims. Only the best vines are classified Grand Cru, an honor granted to less than 13% of the vineyards in the Champagne region.

Available from The Wineaux for a tidy £34.99 – it’s worth making up a special occasion…

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