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The 2014 Brut Special Club Cramant Grand Cru derives from 14 parcels in nine different lieux-dits (above all Le Bateau), and Gimonnet feels that it's the most successful of his stand-alone single-village bottlings. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of peach, white flowers, fresh pastry and brioche, it's full-bodied, layered and textural, with a concentrated and multidimensional core, incisive acids and a long, chalky finish. Drink: 2022-2045. (Apr 2020)
- WinemakerDidier Gimonnet
- Vineyard59% Cramant Grand Cru (Bateau, Gromonts, Bauves, Buissons),25% Chouilly Grand Cru (Montaigu), 16% Cuis 1er Cru (Croix-Blanche, Roualles)
- Aging/Cooperage60 months aging on lees
- Residual SugarDosage 4g/l
Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Grand Cru 2014
Chardonnay | France
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$149 retail, the 2014 Gimmonnet Special Club is superb. Exclusively from the Grand Cru village of Cramant, which the winery has some exceptional parcels which they gained when they acquired Larmandier. A couple of 95 point scores, a killer price, a pedigreed producer, and a are and exclusive Special Club bottling are all reasons this is a no-brainer for lovers of top-tier Champagne.
About the Producer
Since before 1750 the Gimonnet family have been vine growers in the village of Cuis, supplying the great Champagne houses with grapes up until the 1930's recession. As the sales of grapes fell during this prolonged recession, Monsieur Pierre Gimonnet finally decided to take up the challenge of vinifying and commercializing his own harvest. It was a great struggle at first, establishing a clientele who were not, at that time, accustomed to "blanc de blancs" Champagnes, not least from a new small independent producer. The effort finally paid off and today the name of Champagne Pierre Gimonnet et Fils is one of great renown, and highly respected. Pierre Gimonnet built this reputation on the base of his unique and exceptional vineyard, half a century of experience and the uncompromising standards that he imposed upon himself. The estate is now run by Pierre's sons, Michel and Didier, who share the fanaticism of their father for the Gimonnet Champagnes. In 1987 the Gimonnet family acquired the house of Larmandier Père et Fils based in Cramant. This brought some exceptional vineyards to the Gimonnet enterpise. Although the Larmandier wines are vinified at the Gimonnet cellars in Cuis the cuvées are vinified and aged seperately. Consequently some remarkable Champagnes are produced from the Cramant Grand Cru vineyards, especially the outstanding Larmandier Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and the exquisite Cramant Grand Cru Special Club. The policy of the estate, from the very beginning, in the true traditions of all great wine makers was to limit the production of grapes in the search of quality, with the ambition to become one of the great specialists of "blanc de blancs" Champagnes.