Champagne Rose Brut ‘Rose de Blancs’, P. Gimonnet et Fils
cépage 92% Chardonnay, 8% Pinot Noir
assemblage 100% 2014
info/source Chardonnay from Chouilly Grand Cru (‘Montaigu’), Cramant Grand Cru
(‘Buissons’), Oger Grand Cru, Cuis 1er Cru and Vertus 1er cru;
Pinot Noir from Bouzy Grand Cru
élevage Stainless steel
sur latte 24 months
Cote de Blancs
Again this is the Gastronome assemblage with 8% Bouzy Pinot Noir (’14 and ’13). The balance—92% is 2014, and consists of 25.5% Chouilly (from the great Montaigu), 16.5% Cramant, 10% Oger, 9% Vertus and 32% Cuis (Croix Blanche, the most Riesling/Chenin like of the Cuis parcels). Disgorged 11/2016, it’s remains a stylish gauzy Rosé that seeks to be delicate but is almost too expressive (!); the silvery herbal mineral lunges ahead of the pink fruit, which emerges on the finish and in the empty glass. I love it now, and wonder where it’ll go.
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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.