Tradition Brut 1er Cru NV

Grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 12.5%

70% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier, from premiers crus Bisseuil (80%), Mesnil-sur-Oger (15%), Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (5%). 80% from 2020. Tirage April 2021, disgorged July 2023. Dosage 4 g/l. Beautiful nose. Fragrant. Floral. Quince and honeysuckle. Rounded and petalled and gingery and little tip-top notes of caramelisation. This is a wine that wants to be loved, wants to be charming, wants to please and delight. And within the context of dozens of grower champagnes for which ideology, complexity and sophistication come before drinkability, a wine like this is genuinely a delight. It reminds me of the orange, fuzzy-skinned peaches my mother would buy by the crate load when they arrived on the train which had belched its coal-fired way from the Ceres Valley in South Africa to dusty little Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Bit of burnish. Gingered oranges. Yes, I'll have another glass of that, please. VGV Drinking range: 2024 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2024)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.

70% Chardonnay from Bisseuil, a very early-ripening site, with expressive aromas of white flowers and subtle peach. Only 6g/l of dosage, but rich and harmonious, the ripeness from the sunny site. Inviting, simply delicious, the first mouthwatering sip crying out for the next.L&S (Jul 2018)

70% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier from Bisseuil, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Le Mesnil-sur-Ogier. Dosage 6 g/l. Rounded, friendly apple fruit with a touch of dill. A touch of yogurt creaminess. Clementine acidity. Good for remoulade! Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 16 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)

80% Bisseuil, 15% le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 5% Mareuil- sur-Ay. 70% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir and 5% Meunier. Dosage 6g/l. Bottled April 2019, disgorged September 2021.Winemaker's notes (Apr 2022)

Champagne Gonet-Médeville

Xavier has twelve hectares in total, spread across eight villages. There are three Grands Crus, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger and Ambonnay, as well as five Premiers Crus, Mareuil sur Ay, Bisseuil (where he has a substantial 4.8 hectare plot), Billy Le Grand, Trépail and Vaudemange.

In 1996 Xavier met Julie Médeville (of the Bordeaux family which owns the Graves Château Respide Médeville and the Sauternes Château Gilette) at a tasting in Reims, and they married the following year. Xavier set out on a path to quality from the moment he was in charge in 2000, and is keen to emphasise what he does and does not do. "One press makes nine barrels - and it all goes into barrel, all divided according to the parcels it comes from.", he says, "no malo, no chaptalisation, no filtration, and the wines are left in barrel to stabilise. The red wines are properly red. The non-vintages are around 70-80% of the current year, with up to 30% reserves, normally just 20% of the previous year and 10% of the year before that."

Our first visit here was a joy, seeing the vineyard in Bisseuil, which is all in one block, on a sunny south-facing slope, which is perfect for achieving full ripeness. The tasting after so much anticipation is always an anxious moment on both sides, but the 'Tradition' does not let him down - indeed it sets the bar very high - simply delicious, and we both know that we are on the right track. The Rosé both surprises and delights because it is so different - almost all Chardonnay except the the red used for colour, it is a sprightly apéritif rosé. The micro-cuvées that make up the rest of the range are the stuff of future legend, rare, but worth seeking out.

"What made me want to make Champagne was wines from '29, '45, '55, '59, '61, '64 - I want to make wines like that", says Xavier. You need have no fear of cellaring these wines to see how they evolve, however delicious they are now.

This wine isn't currently part of a mixed case, but you can always browse our full selection of mixed cases here.
  • For full delivery details see our Delivery page.
  • We offer free nationwide* delivery for all orders over £150 with our own vans. We also offer an express delivery service for an additional charge.
  • Order & Collect from any of our 5 London shops. Order by Midnight for collection the next working day from 11am.
  • Private wine storage: we offer a full In Bond and Duty Paid private wine storage service - find out more here.