Gerard Dubois (Avize/Cote des Blancs)

Gerard Dubois retired in 2008. He loves it. “I have given my vines to my brother and nephew, I have a full cellar, can do a few meetings with my favourite clients (that’ll be us!) have lunch with my Mother more frequently and go Scuba-Diving in the Red Sea.” Not that he ever looked particularly stressed before, he is tanned and very smiley now. We always take his delicious vintage Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay from the legendary vineyards around his village of Avize. This time we have 1999 and 2001 and his top-of-the-range Prestige bottling of a parcel of old vines which he ages traditionally under cork. His wines often make us think of Meursault with bubbles. Yum.