Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuvee Special Club Brut Millesime 2016 (Champagne, France)

Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuvee Special Club Brut Millesime 2016
(Champagne, France)


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About the Winery:

Region: Côte des Blancs
Premier Cru Sites: Cuis, Mareuil-sur Aÿ, and Vertus
Grand Cru Sites: Cramant, Chouilly, Oger, and Aÿ
Total Vineyard Holdings: 29.4 hectares
Vines: 99% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Noir

Didier Gimonnet directs this superb estate, located in the Premier Cru of Cuis. With 29.4 hectares of holdings in Grand and Premier Cru villages, predominantly in the Côte des Blancs, Didier’s family has been growing grapes in Champagne since 1750. It was Pierre Gimonnet, Didier’s grandfather, who started bottling estate Champagnes in 1935. In addition to the 13.5 hectares in Cuis, Gimonnet owns 11 hectares of Chardonnay in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly, plus another hectare in Oger and two in Vertus Premier Cru. Gimonnet also owns half a hectare of Pinot Noir, split between the Grand Cru of Aÿ and Premier Cru of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The high percentage of old vines at this estate set it apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards. Seventy percent of Gimonnet’s holdings are over 30 years old, of which some forty percent are over 40 years old, with 100+ year old vines in the lieux-dits of Le Fond du Bateau, planted in 1911, and Buisson planted in 1913, both in the Grand Cru village of Cramant.

Gimonnet’s outstanding wines are built on the strength of the terroir that he and his brother have expanded in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. His Spécial Club, for example, is based on Cramant Grand Cru, and includes their 100+ year old vines in the lieux-dits of ‘Le Fond du Bateau,’ and ‘Buissons.’ “Cramant,” says Gimonnet, is “very expressive and round;” Chouilly is similar in style but slightly less concentrated; Cuis is much more “neutral, acid, fresh, aerial:” this north-facing village is the coolest in the Côte des Blancs. These are sapid, crunchy, refreshing Champagnes of acupuncturally tonic qualities with lingering, salty purity.

Winemaker Notes:

cépage 100% Chardonnay
village/vyd 59% Cramant (Bateau, Gromonts,
Bauves, Buissons), 25% Chouilly (Montaigu),
16% Cuis (Croix-Blanche, Roualles); Chalk
malo Yes
élevage Stainless steel
sur latte 58+ Months
dégorgement February 2020 – November 2020 (5)

Tasting Notes:

A combination of rich ripeness with a sophisticated texture and a complex depth of flavor. Its ripe notes of green pear, guava, lime and quince are held in vivid tension by a racy spine of acidity, allowing the aromas to expand on the finish with a graceful, elegant poise, while the underlying minerality infuses everything in its chalky presence.