Champagne Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, P. Gimonnet et Fils
The 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs is made of Chardonnay from Premier Cru sites in Cuis.
cépage 100% Chardonnay
assemblage 73% 2011, 6% 2010, 16% 2009, 4% 2007, 1% 2006
info/source Cuis 1er Cru. Two crucial things to understand: one, the ‘vintage’
indicated in the reserve wine is actually the non-vintage blend
of that year, meaning it, too, has a multitude of years in it,
and two, the reserve wines are kept on the lees in MAGNUMS,
not in tank.
élevage Stainless Steel for 6-8 months with 2 rackings
sur latte 30+ Month
Cote de Blancs
The wine currently in stock (as of late April 2016) is “cuvée 157,” and its base vintage is 2012 (70%); the reserve wines are 6.5% ’11, 12% of ’10, and 12.5% ’09—all kept not in tank but in MAGNUMS on the lees, to give both greater freshness and more autolysis. This entails more cost and more labor, but the wine is better. Disgorged Dec. 3 2015.
Later in the year we’ll see a Feb 3 2016 disgorgement with 2013 as its base—70%, along with 6% ’12, 9% ’11, 10% ’10 and 5%
’09. The wine showed cool and mineral, already expressive and long with a lot of fruit and class. Still very dry, it has half a gram more RS than it’s had recently, which may account for its greater elegance and fruit-driven length.
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