|Delicate 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
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
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