We just received our much-awaited shipment of Gattinois last week, and here is a fantastic little bottle of bubbles. Gatinois is located in Ay, with their holdings divided between 27 different parcels that are all grand cru. Louis Cheval, an ex-geologist, has been in charge of the estate since 2010 and is devoted to making the terroir speak through his Champagnes, farming every vineyard sustainably. The Brut Tradition is a blend of all 27 parcels in the Gatinois repertoire, coming to a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, 30% of which is reserve wine. The kicker here is the gorgeous dose of Ay Pinot Noir. This Cuvee spends a minimum of 24 months on the lees and sees a dosage of 7 g/l. The Gatinois Tradition is extraordinary considering the price-quality as Galloni Mentions below, and gets a big recommendation from us. It is not often that we find grand cru bubbles in half bottle, but this is an excellent choice for those looking for a more serious small bottle of Champagne.