Saturday, December 26, 2015

Pierre Gimonnet Blancs de Blancs Cuis 1er Cru Champagne

Pierre Gimonnet Blancs de Blancs Cuis 1er Cru Champagne
Côte des BlancsChampagne, France

Happy day after Christmas! This time of year is always full of celebration. And what's a better way to celebrate than with bubbles? With any luck, folks will be rediscovering the joy of sparklers throughout the holiday season and incorporate them into their daily lives. Because what is better than Champagne Tuesday?

The Gimonnet is one of my favorite Grower Champagne producers. They make wine from a series of grand cru and premier cru parcels throughout the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne. This particular wine is from premier cru plots in the village of Cuis.

Review: This Gimonnet is pale lemon color with small, persistent bubbles. It has fresh aromas of golden apple, slate, mineral, and brioche. On the palate the wine is quite dry with racing acid and a generous mousse. The mineral notes stand out the most for the on the palate, with apple and quince peeking out at the finish.

I particularly enjoy the near bracing levels of acidity in this Champagne, plus the ripe fruit and hint of autolysis. This level of flavor development, integration, and freshness makes this wine an excellent value (roughly $45).

Food Pairing: Food is welcome, but personally I like this wine to stand alone as an aperitif!

Bottom Line: Bright, fresh, lively and linear. And good value for your dollar.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Champagne AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: 100% Chardonnay
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Astor Wines & Spirits
What's the damage? Super Premium

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