Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuis 1er Cru

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Aromatic, with apple blossom and ripe fruit notes, this well-cut blanc de blancs shows a chalky underpinning, layered with flavors of glazed nectarine, toasted almond and candied ginger. Long and creamy on the finish. Disgorged October 2015. Drink now through 2020. 800 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS
(NV Pierre Gimonnet Brut - Blanc de Blancs "Cuvée Cuis" 1er Cru Champagne/Sparkling) Notes of petrol, yeast, rose petal, lemon rind, grapefruit and finally a hint of quinine lead to delicious if still quite tight middle weight flavors that are supported by a medium-fine effervescence that also shapes the decidedly dry but not really austere finale. While this could certainly be enjoyed now, I would be inclined to hold it for at least a couple of years first in the hopes that additional complexity will develop. (Drink starting 2019).

Burghound | 91 BH
100% Chardonnay. Didier Gimonnet’s aspiration for his entry NV is a cuvée with attack on the front, roundness in the middle and crispness on the end. The singular expression of his home village of Cuis, it is softened with reserves of the previous year’s blend, aged in magnums. The result is the quintessential aperitif, and one of the most pristine Champagnes for its price. The north-facing elegance of this village lets fine salt-chalk minerality sing in harmony with crystalline acidity. Drinking Window 2020 - 2022.

Decanter | 91 DEC
Disgorged in July 2019 with six grams per liter dosage, the latest rendition of Gimonnet's NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Cuis is based on the 2016 vintage, complemented by some 30% reserve wines matured in magnum. Offering up aromas of citrus oil, fresh peach, clear honey, white flowers and oyster shell, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and elegantly fleshy, with crisp acids, elegant mousse and chalky back-end grip. Amounting to some 130,000 bottles per annum, this is Gimonnet's largest cuvée by some margin.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 91 RP
The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuis 1er Cru is loaded with intense saline, mineral and savory inflections that play off the lemon and grapefruit flavors. Taut and nervy, with striking tension, the 1er Cru hits all the right notes. I love the energy here. Disgorged: November 15, 2019.

Vinous Media | 91 VM
(NV Pierre Gimmonet et Fils Blanc de Blancs “Cuis Premier Cru” Brut NV (Cuis)) The current offering of the Gimonnet Cuis Premier Cru non-vintage Blanc de Blancs is from the base year of 2016, with thirty percent of the cuvée made up reserve wines from the vintages of 2012 through 2015. The wine spent nearly three years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement in December of 2019, with a finishing dosage of six grams per liter. It offers up a very expressive bouquet of apple, pear, hazelnut, chalky soil tones and a topnote of brioche. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a fine core of fruit, good mineral drive and bounce, slightly large bubbles and a long, complex and snappy finish. This is still a young wine and it will really hit its stride with two or three more years in the cellar, though it is already quite tasty. (Drink between 2020-2040).

John Gilman | 90+ JG

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Vintage N/V
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Pierre Gimmonet & Fils
Rating 92 WS
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
Varietal Champagne Blend
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