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.
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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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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.
(80% 2010 wine, 10% 2009, 4% 2008, 5% 2007 and 1% 2002; disgorged in May, 2013 after 30 months on its lees): Green-tinged yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, pear and white flowers, with an iodiney quality building in the glass. Chewy in texture and nicely concentrated, offering precise citrus and bitter quinine flavors and a strong topnote of dusty minerals. Finishes clean, bright and very long, with lingering chalkiness. This would make a superb match with fresh oysters or crab.