Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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.

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Gimonnet 1er Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay NV
92  Wine Spectator 
Allen Meadown 93 "A wafting and distinctly cool nose featuring essence of white flowers and Meyer lemon slides gracefully into bright, clean and utterly delicious middle weight flavors that possess lovely depth and length on the markedly dry finish. This is dry but not aggressively so and I very
Item Number: 9931
Case: $515.40
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Gimonnet 'Belles Annees' Champagne NV
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 Editors' Choice "A blend of wines from six different villages across five vintages goes into this supreme example of a Blanc de Blancs. It is so crisp, so mineral and textured. At the same time, it is elegant, fresh and lively. Although it is nonvintage, it will benefit from
Item Number: 9363
Case: $419.40

Gimonnet 'Paradoxe' Champagne 2007
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "There's a sense of restraint to this elegant Champagne, with a fine and creamy mousse carrying subtle flavors of pastry dough, green pear, lemon zest and mineral. Lingering finish. Disgorged September 2013. Drink now through 2027. 200 cases imported. –AN"  30% Pinot Noir from

Gimonnet 'Paradoxe' Champagne 2006
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "Toasted brioche and almond notes add a smoky richness to this minerally Champagne, which offers a briny oyster shell accent to the flavors of apple tarte Tatin, black currant, grated ginger and citrus zest. Refined and creamy in texture, with a long, mouthwatering finish.

Gimonnet 'Fleuron' Blanc de Blanc 2006
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Wine Advocate 93 "The richest of these Champagnes, the 2006 Brut Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Cuvee Fleuron shows just how much extended time on the lees (in this case 60 months) can shape a wine. This is the deepest and most textured Champagne in the Gimonnet lineup. Chamomile, mint,

Pierre Gimonnet et Fils 'Fleuron' Blanc de Blanc 2004
92  Robert Parker 
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