The only change in the latest batch and shipment of this pristine blanc de blancs is the updated label. Understated and classic, this 1er cru always impresses. Didier, third generation of the Gimonnet family, oversees the winemaking of this Côtes des Blancs grower champagne house based in Cuis. This wine, like all of their chardonnay-centric wines, is crystal crisp and bright, with driving linearity through to the lingering finish. Based on the 2015 harvest, this has 35% reserve wines from the previous 4 harvests to provide depth and complexity. Gimonnet uniquely keeps all the reserve wines in magnum under crown cap to preserve the freshness and prevent oxygen ingress. My bottle was disgorged in January 2019 at 6 g/l, and ringing youthfully. Lemon pith leads into a very chalky, grippy and taut palate, with tiny white blossoms, green apple, meringue, and a shimmery vibrance. Fresh on the attack, though the core is polished by the reserve wines, this is an excellent solo sipper as well as oyster mate. Fantastic value = my house Champagne.
Treve Ring, December 2001