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2009 Pierre Gimonnet 1er Cru Cuvee Fleuron Blanc de Blancs, 1.5ltr

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December 13, 2020 - $110

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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

...absolutely fabulous. The radiance and richness of the vintage adds an extra kick of textural richness and overall intensity that works beautifully here. A tropically-leaning expression of fruit marries with the classic Gimonnet emphasis on tension in a complete, deeply satisfying Champagne that hits all the right notes. This is a fabulous showing.

93Wine Enthusiast

This is a serious wine, with its mineral texture and tangy structure. It has plenty of apple and zingy orange flavors...Fresh.

92The Wine Advocate

...displays a precise, pure and fresh bouquet with some nutty flavors that migrate to a quite deep and rich, very elegant, fresh and well-structured taste with precise fruit aromas...with more intensity and complexity in the finish.

17Jancis Robinson

Inviting toasty aroma. Rich, deep and full on the palate. Lemon cream on toast...fine balance here between that lees depth and the elegance of 100% Chardonnay.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.