Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Grands Terriors de Chardonnay Extra Brut 2015
Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Grands Terriors de Chardonnay Extra Brut 2015 Really concentrated, but so incredibly focused and precise, this is a masterpiece of chardonnay elegance! Very long and extremely mineral finish that lights up the sky like fireworks… – James Suckling, 96 points
Flavor Profile: Bosc pear, wet slate, star jasmine, Gala apples, shortbread biscuits, lemon, orange, lemon verbena, mint, and chalky minerals
Time on Lees: 61 months
Disgorgement Date: May 2022
Dosage: 4 grams per liter
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Why We Love It...
This…THIS is what I’m talking about. The wine that turned me from bubble curious to full-fledged bubble monster. Pierre Gimonnet’s Grands Terroirs de Chardonnay Special Club. Call me sentimental, but I’ll stack this against any Blanc de Blancs bubbly anywhere, anytime. I started with the 2006 vintage – tasted with Didier Gimonnet amongst an entire expo hall of Grower Champagnes at an illustrious Terry Theise event over a decade back. It was the star of an absolute gem of a line-up, and I’ve been a Gimonnet (and Special Club) fanatic ever since!
96 points! That’s elite, rarified territory for Champagne – especially once you check out our killer price! Pierre Gimonnet is everything we love about Grower Champagne – with a family history of growing grapes in the region since 1750, and bottling their own estate cuvees as far back as 1935! Over the years and generations, they have built one of the finest estates in the Côte des Blancs – with nearly 30 hectares of Grand Cru and Premier Cru plots, mostly chardonnay, and mostly in their home turf of Cuis, then Cramant and Chouilly, with smaller parcels in Oger, Vertus, and a bit of pinot noir in Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.
Most unique about the estate is their possession of old vines – some of the oldest anywhere in Champagne! They have two plots in Cramant that are over 110 years old – planted in 1911 and 1913, respectively – plus over 70% percent of their holdings at over 30 years old, again, truly unheard of for Champagne. They also have demonstrated an extremely loyalty to their signature plot of Cuis – often sacrificing their ability to label a wine as “Grand Cru” because of a firm belief that the Gimonnet style is so prevalently intertwined with the fruit of Cuis… even if only a small percentage is added to the final blend. Such is the case with this exceptional 2015 Special Club – the focus is undoubtedly on their holdings of Cramant and Chouilly – accounting for 59% and 25% of the final blend accordingly. The remaining 16% is all Cuis… and just a classic, epic Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs that sets the heart on fire!
These wines are pure, unbridled expressions of the chalk soils of the Côte des Blancs – crunchy, intense, searingly bright, and mineral driven. This is all that and more, with aromatic layers of Bosc pear, wet slate, star jasmine, Gala apples, and shortbread biscuits. On first sip, this zips out the glass with a lively and fresh attack, showcasing lemon and orange citrus notes, roasted pears, lemon verbena, and this minty-cool and mineral freshness on the extremely enduring finish. Do yourself a favor and sip this slowly – the temptation is real to take large, satisfying gulps – but this is certainly a wine to be savored! Not long for the Last Bubbles universe, I’m afraid, as only 60 cases were imported to the USA and we got less than 10 of those! If you are lucky enough to grab some – congratulations, you are in for a treat!!!
Appellation: Cote de Blancs
Winemaker: Didier Gimonnet
Farming Method: Sustainable Practices
Production: 1816 cases
Pair it with: Spicy tuna hand rolls
About the Producer
Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, founded in 1935 and located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs region of Champagne, France, has earned its esteemed reputation by specializing in producing exceptional Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. For generations, the Gimonnet family has focused on crafting wines exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, primarily sourced from their own premier cru and grand cru vineyards. Their commitment to a pure, mineral-driven style has resulted in a range of cuvées that showcase the pristine terroir of the region. The "Cuvée Cuis," a flagship offering, exemplifies their dedication to quality, marked by freshness and finesse. Throughout its history, Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils has remained dedicated to traditional winemaking methods, ensuring their Champagnes are celebrated for their purity, elegance, and longevity, making them a cherished choice for aficionados seeking the essence of Chardonnay in Champagne.
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