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September 5th, 2017, Leave a comment

Pierre Gimonnet et Fills Cuis 1er Cru. Blanc de Blancs

I prepare for October 2017 a Soirée de Champagne in Bucharest, with a selection of producer champagnes. These are individual champagnes which reflects the character of the producer and the place. I invite you to read about one of my favorite: Pierre Gimonnet et Fills Cuis 1er Cru. Blanc de Blancs

I arrive in Reims by train soon after lunch together with Yvonne, my WSET diploma colleague. At 15 o’ clock we have an appointment at Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils in Cuis, to taste the champagne and discover the house philosophy. My dream, to drive throughout the ripened vineyards of Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs at fall, came true. We stop to inhale the air of the vineyards, to taste the grapes and to make some photos of the vineyards of Chouilly. At Gimonnet, Nathalie welcomes us in the living room facing toward the vineyards of Cuis flooded by the afternoon. A magnificent view before the harvest 2017.


At harvest Champagne gets fizzy. Different workers come here from around the world to pick up. Al grapes are picked manually in 2-3 weeks. “ We cannot know now how the year would be until we have the grapes in the presses. Now we need cold weather and no rain” Nathalie tells us.
To understand the essence of Gimonnet style we start with a glass of Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuis Premier Cru. Representing the biggest volume, it reflects the style of the producer. That ‘s why the biggest effort is engaged in producing this particular champagne, sans année, assembled form the wines of 5 harvests.

Light, mineral and elegant, Champagne Pierre Gimmonet et Fils is well known for being the pure expression of chardonnay form Côte des Blancs. An intense yeasty nose accompanied by lemon and grapefruit. On the palate the bubbles are fine and energetic. Acidity is high creating a sensation of brut nature. Pure, with a delightful minerality, it reflects the chalky terroir of Cuis from where the grapes are sourced exclusively. “Cuis brings freshness and rise the quality of our cuvees” says Olivier Gimonnet. Light but well structured, it enchants me with its finesse, purity and vivacity. The philosophy of the producer is to make a wine of pleasure which “never exhausts the palate”. An excellent aperitif with its mineral notes, it makes a sublime marriage with the rocky taste of the oysters.


The other champagnes of the house are diverse expressions of chardonnay from Côte des Blancs. Gastronomie 2012 1er Cru, is crafted to accompany sea food and fish, Oenophile 1er Cru 2008 Non dosé is preferred by those who search for a pure taste without the sugar influence while Fleuron Brut 1er Cru 2008 is the same cuvée with dosage. Round and complex, it seduced us. Oger Grand Cru is made from a single vineyard in Oger, individual and rich. Special Club 2010 is a multi vintage champagne sourced from very old vines with excellent exposure.

Pierre Gimonnet et Fils is a family business who owns 28 hectares of vineyards in Côte des Blancs, in 5 different villages Grand Crus and Premier Crus. It is a considerable surface for a “Recoltant Manipulant”, a vigneron who choose to vinify its grapes and make his own champagne. Today the business is continued by Olivier and Didier Gimonnet, the nephews of the founder.

You can find Champagne Gimonnet et Fils in Romania at Champagne Room who offers a large selection of Champagne de Vignerons.

Enjoy champagne with joy and read the blog of OPiA .

Olimpia Pleșa Brandhuber


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