The champagnes of Pierre Gimonnet & Fils are intricately assembled by masterful hands exclusively from enviably positioned and painstakingly tended old vines. Every cuvee sings its aspiration of 'precision, purity and minerality', each speaking articulately of its place in the northern Côte des Blancs through expressive, chalky minerality, without one molecule of detail
out of place. With high-strung tension, crystalline structure and rapier-sharp precision, these are blanc de blancs champagnes charged with an energy that will sustain them long indeed. They represent some of the best-value apéritif champagnes of all. The Champagne Guide 2016-2017, Tyson Stelzer www.tysonstelzer.com
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Golden-amber colour with tinge of rose-gold. The bouquet has smoked meats and charcuterie, with roasted hazelnuts and lots of layers, including some sherry aldehydes. Very mellow, mature and complex. Dry finish, too. Lots of reserve wine apparent. A delicious drink.
PETER MOSER - FALSTAFF MAGAZINE
STEPHEN REINHARDT - WINE ADVOCATE
Gimonnet's NV 1er Cru Brut Rosé de Blancs is made from Chardonnay with 6% red wine from Pinot Noir, and represents the light, fresh and refined Gimmonet style in pink. The version based on 2012 (disgorged in 12/2014 with 6.5 grams dosage) shows lovely red currant flavors and is very vivacious, mineral and delicate on the palate. It is enjoyed at its best when fresh.
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
This pale-colored rosé is made from Chardonnay with the addition of Pinot Noir still wine to give the color. It is fresh and crisp, offering a lively mousse with attractive flavors of raspberry and fresh red currants. With its refreshing acidity, it is ready to drink.
WILLIAM KELLEY - WINE ADVOCATE
Disgorged in October 2017, the latest rendition of the NV Brut Rosé de Blancs 1er Cru is showing nicely, offering up aromas of red berries, citrus oil, green apples and warm biscuits. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, bright and delicate, with an ultra-fine mousse, tangy acids and an elegantly chalky finish. This is an unusually refined, Chardonnay-based rosé that will drink well for a decade.
DAVID SCHILDKNECHT - ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
Gimonnet’s NV Brut Rose de Blancs Disg. 6/2013 is named for the fact that it is 90% Chardonnay from four prestigious villages that receives 10% Bouzy Pinot, and the cuvee disgorged here is based already on the 2011 vintage. Vivid scent of red raspberry is tinged with geranium and high-toned almond extract. Juicy and tart-edged on the palate, this finishes with invigorating piquancy of toasted nuts; crunch of berry seeds; and a lick of salt. Delightful if not deep, I would be inclined to enjoy this over the coming year. Pierre Gimonnet farms nearly 70 prime acres – overwhelmingly in the Cote des Blancs – which are reflected in a similarly enormous range of different cuvees, most of them represented in the U.S. market in any given year and tasted by me for this report. What’s more, future expansion of official Champagne acreage around Cramant and Chouilly will offer Gimonnet opportunity to broaden his vine footprint. Terry Theise Estate Selections, imported by Michael Skurnik Wines, Inc., Syosset, NY; tel. (516) 677-9300