Robert Parker 92
"The 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Fleuron boasts an expressive bouquet of minerals, chalk and crushed stones that melds in a pure, Chablis-like expression of fruit. The wine flows with marvelous energy and vibrancy, showing impeccable balance. Here Gimmonet used a higher percentage of Grand Cru fruit than usual to compensate for the higher yields that are typical of the vintage. The blend is 41% Chouilly, 39% Cramant and 20% Cuis. Disgorged on May 12, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019.
Gimmonet is an excellent source for fresh, zesty Champagnes loaded with perfume and minerality. The estate favors stainless steel for vinification and aging (a small portion of the wines are aged in bottle) and all of the wines undergo malolactic fermentation, a winning combination that seems particularly well-suited to these particular vineyards and wines."
Wine Spectator 92
"A rich, toasty blanc de blancs, with layers of biscuit, quince and candied orange peel accented by smoke and honey notes. Broad-shouldered, with firm acidity, yet retains a sleek vibrancy. Very well put together, with a long, juicy, spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2017."
International Wine Cellar 91
"Pale yellow with a fine bead. Pungent mineral-driven aromas of spicecake, lemon, green apple and white flowers, with a hint of white pepper adding vibrancy. Racy and finely etched, offering zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors that gain flesh and depth with air. Repeats the spice and floral notes on the long, sappy and focused finish."
"Selected from only the great years, la cuv?e Brut Fleuron is a wise assembly of different soils, representative of the vintage. It can represent 30 to 50% of a harvest. This always has the best relationship between quality/price/pleasure of the range." ~ Winery notes
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Region: Côte des Blancs
Premier cru sites in Cuis and Mareuil-sur Aÿ
Grand crus in Cramant , Chouilly, Oger, Vertus, Aÿ,
Total vineyard holdings: 28 hectares
Annual production: 20,000 cases
Vines: 98% chardonnay, 2% pinot noir
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils (CUIS)
Didier Gimonnet is the second generation of growers to direct this superb estate, with 28 hectares of holdings in grand and premier cru villages, predominantly in the Côte de Blancs. The winery is in the premier cru village of Cuis where Didier's family has been growing grapes since 1750. Pierre Gimonnet, Dider's Grandfather, started bottling estate champagnes in 1935. In addition to the 13.5 hectares in Cuis, Gimonnet owns 11 hectares of chardonnay vines in the grand cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly, plus another hectare in Oger and two in Vertus. Gimonnet also owns half a hectare of pinot noir, split between the grand cru of Aÿ and 1er cru of Mareuil-sur Aÿ
The high percentage of old vines at this estate sets it apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards. Seventy percent of Gimonnet's holdings are over 30 years old, of which some forty percent are over 40 years old, with 100+ year old vines in the lieux-dits of Le Fond du Bateau, planted in 1911, and Buisson planted in 1913, both in the Grand Cru village of Cramant.
"Cramant," says Gimonnet, is "very expressive and round;" Chouilly is similar in style but slightly less concentrated; Cuis is much more "neutral, acid, fresh, aerial:" this north-facing village is the coolest in the Côte des Blancs. These are sappy, crunchy, refreshing champagnes of acupuncturally tonic qualities with lingering, salty purity.