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2012 PIERRE GIMONNET & FILS Special Club Brut 'Grand Terroirs de Chardonnay'

PIERRE GIMONNET & FILS Special Club Brut 'Grand Terroirs de Chardonnay' 2012

133.94* CAD

$133.94* * Suggested retail price

  • 5 case(s) available

  • Portfolio
  • Portfolio
  • Liquid Art
  • Product code
  • Product code
  • 211412
  • Format
  • Format
  • 6x750ml
  • Listing type
  • Listing type
  • Speculative
  • Status
  • Status
  • Available
  • Country
  • Country
  • France
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Champagne
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Chardonnay 100 %
  • Color
  • Color
  • White
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Brut
  • Closure type
  • Closure type
  • Cork
  • About this winery

    The Gimonnet family has been growing vines in Champagne since 1750. In 1935 Pierre Gimonnet, grandfather of current owners Didier and Olivier, began producing champagne in the village of Cuis. Didier and Olivier own 30 hectares in total; 16 hectares are Premier Cru from the village of Cuis. A high percentage of their vineyards are Grand Cru - 12 hectares in total, spread across the villages of Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Aÿ. The Grand Cu vineyards have an average age of 40 years. Didier takes...

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  • Tasting notes

    This cuvee offers a very beautiful balance between the different origins of Gimmonet Chardonnay. Cramant mostly of course (so structured and mineral), Chouilly in a large part (Montaigu for elegance), and a piece of Cuis (for freshness and to honour Pierre Gimonnet).

  • Viticultural notes

    Made from 100% Chardonnay. 60% Cramant Grand Cru (a tenth of the vines are more than 40 years old: "Buissons", "Fond du Bateau", "Gros Monts", "Buissons", "Bauves", "Bionnes", "Champ du Prevot"..). Around 20% of the grapes come from vines that were planted in 1911 and 1913. 30% Chouilly Grand Cru (exclusively from" Montaigu" planted in 1951), 10% Cuis 1er Cru (from « Basses vignes »).

  • Winemaking notes

    The grapes were harvested manually and pressing was completed less than 6 hours after picking. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless tanks with malolactic fermentation. Elevated 8 months on lees with cold stabilization (-4°). Light filtration on clay before bottling bottling in April 2013. Aged in bottle for more than 5 years and disgorging 3 months before shipping.

Press reviews

  • - 96 Points -

    November 2018

    Disgorged in July ’17 after seven years on lees. The name is – well – odd, but the vines, the grapes and the wine are anything but. Even if you know nothing of this great Champagne House, you would recognise the serious complexity and intensity, the pulsating expression of chardonnay and the long, lingering aftertaste.

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  • - 93 Points -

    November 2018

    Interestingly, the 2012 Special Club is quite a bit riper and bigger than any of the three single-village Special Clubs. Light tropical overtones meld into a core of candied orange peel, apricot, chamomile and wild flowers. In this tasting, the 2012 comes across as adolescent and not fully put together. Hopefully that will come in time.

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  • - 92 Points -

    December 2018

    Fresh and refined, with a delicate range of Honeycrisp apple, spring blossom, chalk and citrus flavors, this elegant Champagne is more about precision and fine texture than power and bold flavour...

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