Crisp clean, light body, apple and pear seem to dominate. Just learning about champagne, and this style seems to be in contrast to the heavier nutty yeasty style that so many people love. Apologies for the lack of descriptors ,still learning how to describe champagne. In short loved this champagne and will seek out this producer.
Exceptional Champagne acquired in Dec 2011 and definitely improving on the cork as Gimonnet and Vilmart do the most of the great NV grower Champagnes. Clean, chalky, mineral, creamy and oh so delicious with just a hint of berries making you swear their was Meunier in it even though it is all Chardonnay. None of that toasty, yeasty taste that some tasters prefer. Not me, which is why along with Hebrart, Gimonnet is on e of my favourite producers.
Medium yellow colour. Nose with citrus including some zest, a hint of green notes with grass and herbs, mineral notes with a bit of smoke and chalk dust, and some vanilla. Discretely developed, but mostly young. Dry on the palate with citrus, green apple, mineral and high acidity. Very much a blanc de blancs, in the firm and somewhat lean style. Still young, 88-89 p. Bottle purchased May 2011 directly at the producer, and if memory serves me, those 3.5 years hasn't changed it much.
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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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