From: Côte des Blancs, Champagne, France
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Critical Acclaim and Taste:
The 2016 Brut Cuvée Gastronome is a blend of Chardonnay mostly from Cramant, Chouilly and Cuis. It offers a compelling mix of dried herbs, lemon confit, marzipan, dried flowers and earthy tones. Rich and creamy, with tons of persistence, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: May 10, 2021.
The youthful and mature elements, plus the citrusy freshness and creaminess from lees contact are beautifully interwoven to create an elegant and properly dry whole. Complex candied-citrus, fresh-nut and chalky flavors at the long, complete finish. A cuvee based on wines from the Grand Cu villages of Cramant (43%), Chouilly (25%) and Oger (2%) with 30% from the 1er Cru village of Cuis. Drink now.
RP93Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Disgorged in May 2021 with five grams per liter dosage, Gimonnet's 2016 Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs Gastronome has turned out beautifully. Mingling aromas of confit citrus, hazelnuts, buttery pastry and dried fruits, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and charming, with an ample core of fruit, lively acids and a seamless, elegant profile, concluding with a characteristically chalky finish. Best After 2021
A round and creamy Champagne enlivened by orange peel acidity, this offers flavors of ripe pear, persimmon and melon fruit, lemon curd and almond paste. The lively mousse is zesty on the mouthwatering, mineral-tinged finish.
Pairing: In Roger Voss’ 2017 Wine Enthusiast article, The Magic of Blanc de Blancs Champagne, Didier Gimonnet says he opts to drink his champagnes with scallops, sushi or other raw fish and shellfish. So with the grower’s blessing, we suggest this champagne with a classic preparation of scallops: Seared Scallops with Garlic Beurre Blanc.
About. Since before 1750, the Gimonnet family has been tending to vineyards in the premier cru village of Cuis in the Côte des Blancs. They supplied the great Champagne houses with grapes up until the 1930s when grape sales fell during the prolonged recession of the period. Monsieur Pierre Gimonnet finally decided to take up the challenge of vinifying and commercializing his own harvest. It was a great struggle at first to establish a clientele who were not, at that time, accustomed to "Blanc de Blancs" Champagnes, not least from a new and small independent producer.
Pierre Gimonnet built this reputation from the ground up, based on his exceptional vineyard, his half a century of experience, and the uncompromising standards that he imposed upon himself. In the tradition of all great winemakers, Gimonnet sought to limit the production of grapes in search of quality from the beginning.
The estate is now run by two of Pierre’s four grandsons, Olivier and Didier, who share the fanaticism of their father (Michel) and grandfather. Over the years, the family added to their holdings in Cuis, acquiring other Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte de Blancs. Today, the estate’s 29.4 hectares are located in Cuis, Chouilly (including 3 hectares of ‘Montaigu’, planted in 1951), Cramant (since 1958, coming in large part from Olivier & Didier’s mother, née Larmandier), Oger (since 2005), and Vertus (since 2008).
Payment & Security
Your payment information is processed securely. We do not store credit card details nor have access to your credit card information.