Gaston-Chiquet Special Club Brut Millesime 2004

Vintage from Champagne, France

Item No. 120744
  • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
  • RP94
  • WS92
  • ST92
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Special Club 2004 is a golden yellow hue with a hint of green. It has a fine nose of red fruit, including prune, plum, glazed fruit, with a touch of oxidation. Lively yet fresh and balanced palate; hazelnut, ripe fruit, quince paste in the long finish. A refined grand vintage.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2004 Brut Special Club bursts from the glass with terrific energy and sheer class. It captures all of the potential of a year that was especially favorable to Chardonnay. There is plenty of nuance and detail in the glass. The 2004 shows off tons of personality and sheer class. Mint, sage and eucalyptus are some of the notes that wrap around the finish. This is first-class all the way. It is also one of the very finest wines I have ever tasted from Chiquet. The 2004 Special Club is 70% Chardonnay (from Dizy), 30% Pinot Noir (from Ay and Hautvillers)."
94 Points

"Fresh and lively, with fine texture and a citrusy overtone to the flavors of white cherry, tangerine, pound cake and black licorice. Open-knit, with a smoky mineral note on the finish. Drink now through 2020."
92 Points

"Bright yellow. High-pitched aromas of citrus fruits, white flowers, ginger and toasty lees. Bright and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy orange and apple flavors and a touch of honey. Shows very good energy and cut on the spicy, clinging finish."
92 Points

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