Nicolas Chiquet farms 23 heactares in the Valle de la Marne in the villages of Ay, Dizy, Hautvillers and Mareuil-sur-Ay. All of the fruit comes from his premier and grand cru vineyards. Nicolas does not employ any oak aging at Gaston Chiquet, as he believes that concentration, fruit maturity and malolactic fermentation impart enough body and texture to make aging in barrel unnecessary. Considered the best Chiquet wine in at least two decades, the 2009 Special Club is 70% Chardonnay from Aÿ and 30% Pinot Noir from Mareuil. A riot of chalk with delicate flowers, shade-grown tea and quince aromas. A candidate for greatness!