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Gimonnet Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru

6730Delicate apple aromas greet the nose with a rising perfume penetrating the whole olfactory. Lithe structure is bright and dry with an expert tension that’s taut and stimulating with a chalky mineral quality and a kiss lifted fruit. In a word: delighted.

This is 100% Chardonnay from Cuis. It is 74% from 2007, 6% from 2006, 14% from 2005 and 6% 2004. Gimonnet is has 25 ha of vines in the Côte de Blancs which makes him one of our largest growers. His Grand Cru holdings are in Cramant, Chouilly and Oger for Chardonnay and he also has a little Pinot Noir in Aÿ (Grand Cru) and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (1er Cru). His 1er Cru Chardonnay is all in Cuis, which some say gives more power than Cramant (Bollinger is the largest land owner in Cuis).

Over 70% of Gimonnet’s plantings are vines over 30 years old, which is very rare in a region with the average age of vines being only 25 years. Gimonnet is always stainless fermentation and full malolactic. The dosage is 8 grams.

Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston with notes from Terry Theise, February 2011

Expert Review

92 Points International Wine Cellar

“Disgorged July 24, 2009; no malo and 8 grams dosage Pale green-tinged straw color. A highly perfumed bouquet displays white flowers, lime and lemongrass, along with a strong mineral overtone. Pure, sharply focused citrus flavors are impressively racy, with a refreshing note of lime zest on the back end. Very fine blanc de blancs with strong finishing cut and clarity. This would work really well with raw oysters.” Wine review by Stephen Tanzer, December 2009

The following accounts have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months. Be sure to call ahead to confirm availability.

Jw Marriott Minneapolis Moa
Bloomington
612-615-0100

Lunds & Byerlys - Eagan
Eagan
651-686-9669

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

France 44
Minneapolis
612-925-3252

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Stinson Wine, Beer & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-789-0678

Heyday
Minneapolis
651-699-3536

Zipp's
Minneapolis
612-333-8686

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Minneapolis
612-672-9000

Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits - Mpls
Minneapolis
612-384-2980

Monello/constantine
Minneapolis
612-353-6207

The Wine Shop
Minnetonka
952-988-9463

Colbeck
Saint Paul
651-487-1212

The Commodore
Saint Paul
651-330-5999

Revival Wine, Beer & Spirits - Closed
Saint Paul
651-340-1432

Mchugh, Mike
Saint Paul


Deb Yanker Black
Saint Paul
651-487-1212

Nicholas Livingston
Saint Paul


Angela Kallsen
Saint Paul


Mike Steffel
Saint Paul


Brent Harms
Saint Paul


Solo Vino
Saint Paul
651-602-9515

Cotroneo's Vino & Birra
White Bear Lake
651-429-7551

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