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The Gimonnet family has been growing vines in Champagne since 1750. In 1935 Pierre Gimonnet, grandfather of current owners Didier and Olivier, began producing champagne in the village of Cuis. Didier and Olivier own 30 hectares in total; 16 hectares are Premier Cru from the village of Cuis. A high percentage of their vineyards are Grand Cru - 12 hectares in total, spread across the villages of Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Aÿ. The Grand Cu vineyards have an average age of 40 years. Didier takes...
This cuvee offers a very beautiful balance between the different origins of Gimmonet Chardonnay. Cramant mostly of course (so structured and mineral), Chouilly in a large part (Montaigu for elegance), and a piece of Cuis (for freshness and to honour Pierre Gimonnet).
Made from 100% Chardonnay. 60% Cramant Grand Cru (a tenth of the vines are more than 40 years old: "Buissons", "Fond du Bateau", "Gros Monts", "Buissons", "Bauves", "Bionnes", "Champ du Prevot"..). Around 20% of the grapes come from vines that were planted in 1911 and 1913. 30% Chouilly Grand Cru (exclusively from" Montaigu" planted in 1951), 10% Cuis 1er Cru (from « Basses vignes »).
The grapes were harvested manually and pressing was completed less than 6 hours after picking. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless tanks with malolactic fermentation. Elevated 8 months on lees with cold stabilization (-4°). Light filtration on clay before bottling bottling in April 2013. Aged in bottle for more than 5 years and disgorging 3 months before shipping.
- 96 Points -
Disgorged in July ’17 after seven years on lees. The name is – well – odd, but the vines, the grapes and the wine are anything but. Even if you know nothing of this great Champagne House, you would recognise the serious complexity and intensity, the pulsating expression of chardonnay and the long, lingering aftertaste.See detailed press review
- 94+ -
William Kelley, April 2020
From vines aged between 60 and 100 years old, the 2012 Brut Special Club Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay is showing superbly, unfurling in the glass with aromas of green orchard fruit, grapefruit zest, nougat, brioche and fresh yoghurt. Full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's deep and muscular, with racy acids and a long, saline finish. While this can be approached sooner, it will really reward a bit of bottle age.See detailed press review