A delightful bottle of Champagne, and a very fine example of Blanc de Blancs. A fine perlage and accompanying nose of yeast and meyer lemon, very frothy in the mouth, light and effervescent. Delicate and subtle.
Per Dave TWM: Cote des Blanca region (from limestone soils) known for finesse and freshness, winery dates to 1750. High % old vines vs. most regional growers. 73% 2011. Tad more sugar than allowed for Extra Brut. Disgorged 12/2014. Note Magnums age Champaign more gently.
Monodimensional Blanc de blancs, nose of pear compote and brioche. On the palate not the typical yeast and dryness, it had a certain smokiness and acidity almost as if sherry barrels were used in the fermentation, I was expecting more of this first grower champagne
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(NV Pierre Gimonnet Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuis 1er Cru) Light yellow color with steady stream of tiny bubbles; tart apple, green apple nose; tart apple, green apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points
(NV Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Cuis 1er Cru Brut) ($56.00) “Cuvée 133;” a very recent disgorgement (2/11) and quite thorny until it recovers. 72% ’08, 13.3% ’07, 3.3% ’06, 7.5% ’05 and 3.9% ’04. This will be very fine; more overt fruit than last year’s ’07-based cuvée; the finish is classic Gimonnet, refined and complex. Available until mid-Autumn, to be followed by an ’09-based wine, rounder and more open at first glance.
(NV Pierre Gimonnet Cuis Premier Cru Brut Blanc des Blancs) Current release. This cuvée, based mainly on the 2006 vintage, has a very pure, direct and rather floral nose. The palate has a fresh and lively character, and integrated but remarkably bright components. It remains fresh, like a stony spring meadow. Overall this is very appealing.
(NV Pierre Gimonnet Cuis Premier Cru Blanc des Blancs) A huge, effervescent, rather fat bead. Clearly a young wine, and rather clear in terms of colour, too. Fresh, gentle but youthful style on the nose, with floral and white stone fruit at first, then little notes of nuts. Lively palate, lots of fruit, fabulously fresh, showing lots of defining acidity, and slowly coming out of its shell in the glass. It reveals a creamy, honeyed richness on the midpalate, but always well defined and lifted, with a beautifully composed texture, structure, vinosity and presence. Extraordinarily stylish, top quality, very vinous experience. Excellent.
(NV Pierre Gimonnet Cuis Premier Cru Brut Blanc des Blancs) Current release. An unusual character on the nose here, rather high toned fruit, highly polished, in fact a little volatile and acetic. The palate is lovely though, having a full, balanced and rounded character, a nice fleshy feel, and a good acid backbone. The fruit does resemble that on the nose but less overtly volatile. There is potential here, but an element of doubt based on those acetic notes.
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