Champagne Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, P. Gimonnet et Fils
cépage 100% Chardonnay
assemblage 70% 2013, 6% 2012, 9% 2011, 10% 2010, 5% 2009
info/source Cuis 1er Cru
élevage Stainless steel; reserve is kept in magnums with pressure
(1.5 ATMs normally).
sur latte 36 months
Cote de Blancs
The Magnum is the same wine as the 2013-based NV, and was disgorged the day before my visit (May 2017). It’s not at all forbidding, but needs 2 years or so to soften its starched crunchy profile
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Press & Reviews
Gimonnet’s NV Brut Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Cuvee Cuis fills out nicely on the mid-palate, with a little more mid-palate pliancy and richness than the Belles Annees. Green pears, flowers and crushed rocks are some of the nuances that flow through to a wiry finish endowed with significant energy and polish. This is a striking effort from Gimonnet. Disgorgement date: August 2, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Hints of pineapple and baked peach add a ripe fruit accent to this otherwise firm and dry version, featuring a fine bead, minerally undertow and well-knit flavors of persimmon, fresh ginger and slivered almond. Drink now through 2018. 1,200 cases imported. -A.N.
(72% from 2008, 13% from 2007, 3% from 2006, 7% from 2005 and 5% from 2004; aged for three years on its lees before being disgorged in May, 2013; note that this is a magnum bottling and that the blend of wines is different than that for the 750-ml. version): Light yellow. Poached pear, honeysuckle and quinine on the nose, complicated by a hint of toasted bread. Energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors are softened by suggestions of smoky lees and vanilla bean. Turns spicier on the long, mineral-accented finish, which features juicy citrus and melon notes.