Champagne Rose Brut ‘Rose de Blancs’, P. Gimonnet et Fils
cépage 94% Chardonnay, 6% still Bouzy Pinot Noir
assemblage All 2012. The 6% still red comes from a well-reputed grower
in Bouzy. Otherwise you have 48% Chouilly Montaigu
(a top climat), 15% Cramant (mostly Buissons), 10% Oger
(he finally figured out where Oger should go!) and 22% Cuis
(Croix Blanche). The wine is delicious; the dewiest, most
delicate fraises de bois, when they yield to the slightest push
of the tongue. It’s in fact the Gastronome with Bouzy rouge.
Deg, 12/2014, this is starting to realize the goal he set for it.
info/source 48% Chouilly (Montaigu), 15% Cramant (Mostly Buissons),
10% Oger, 22% Cuis (Croix Blanche). Important to note
that the Liqueur de tirage is 20g rather than 24g for lower
élevage Stainless Steel for 6-8 months with 2 rackings
sur latte 24+ Months
Cote de Blancs
This blew me away, a wine I’d always found to be perhaps excessively polite and discreet has found its inner mojo and is seriously beautiful. IT IS ONE OF THE DON’T-MISS WINES IN THIS YEAR’S OFFERING!
It is actually Cuvée Gastronome, with 6% Bouzy PN (from a “name” grower), and it is all 2013. This is crucial because there was no Special Club in 2013, so a lot of that material ended up here. It’s 17% Chouilly (from Montaigu, a great parcel with old vines), 61% Cramant (mostly Buissons, the ancient vines), 10% Oger (including Terres de Noël and 6% Cuis Croix Blanche.
Deg. Dec.2015. The wine is utterly delicious, the best he’s made; chalky, silky, textured, transparent and cooly enticing.
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Press & Reviews
Lightly chalky in texture and dry, featuring a subtle mesh of white cherry, dried currant, ground anise and smoky mineral flavors. Shows a pleasant astringency on the finish, with cherry pit and almond skin notes. Drink now through 2016. -A.N.
(90% chardonnay and 10% pinot noir, was aged on its lees for 18 months and disgorged in June, 2013): Pale orange-pink. High-pitched, mineral-laced aromas of redcurrant and strawberry, with sexy floral and Asian spice notes building with air. Tangy and precise, offering intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. Closes precise and very long, with impressive vivacity and a hint of dusty minerals.