Champagne J.M GOBILLARD, Hautvillers
Situated in the heart of Champagne, the site of Hautvillers dominates the vineyards with its abbey, in which Monk Cellar Master Dom Pérignon produced some of the first Champagne bubbles in 1681.
Maison JM Gobillard is a small family-owned and run property with about 25 hectares of mainly 1er Cru vineyards in Hautvillers. They also receive grapes from some 75 hectares of vines through multiyear agreements with growers selected for their expertise and quality.
A true Champenois, co-owner and winemaker Thierry Gobillard often mentions that his house is situated a few metres away from Dom Pérignon’s grave and that one of his first birthday present was a pair of “sécateurs”. The viticulture methods are resolutely orientated towards quality, with hand-harvesting and yields limitation resulting in extremely elegant, racy and authentic Champagnes.
Gobillard 1er Cru is made of a third each of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grown on 1er cru slopes in the villages of Hautvillers, Cumieres and Dizy. Aged for two years in the cellar before release, this superb Champagne has a delicate, elegant raspberry-scented nose. Lovely, soft texture with summer fruits, brioche and a creamy edge; mineral notes and citrus fruit are found on its fresh, bright, zippy ending.
FAMILY-OWNED HOUSES are producing great champagnes, writes MARY DOWEY
“Another family-owned house I’ve admired for quite a while is JM Gobillard near Hautvillers, the spot where monk Dom Pérignon was supposedly among the first to conjure up champagne. Although just 80 years old – a youngster in a region with four centuries of fizzy expertise – Gobillard has mastered the art of making beautifully harmonious champagnes. Stylistically they stand midway between subtle Henriot and supercharged Drappier, offering fabulous finesse at a very decent price.” Mary Dowey, The Gloss Magazine, 4th November 2016