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Pierre Gimonnet Chouilly Grand Cru Special Club 2012

Description & Technical Information
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The Gimonnet family can be traced back to 1750 growing vines around the village of Cuis, south of Epernay, but it was between the wars that Pierre Gimonnet set up the winery that allowed him to become a grower-producer, specialising in Blanc de Blancs. Pierre Gimonnet was succeeded by his son Michel. Michel’s understanding of terroir led him to acquire parcels beyond Cuis and into neighbouring Cramant and Chouilly. Olivier and Didier worked with their father Michel for a decade until his retirement in 1996 (he died in 2008), and have continued, and improved on, his work for over 20 years. His sons have continued this principle, expanding into Oger in 2005 and as far south as Vertus in 2008. The House now has 40 separate parcels across 28 hectares – 16ha of Premier Cru and 12ha of Grand Cru – all in the Côte des Blancs. At harvest time, grapes are handpicked, traditionally pressed and then vinified in small batches, parcel by parcel, in 25 to 125 hectalitre tanks to create the Gimonnet champagne. Today they produce 250,000 bottles.

Special Club was created in 1971 by 12 grower-producers, now called the Club Trésors de Champagne. Their mission “to promote Champagne produced from 100% estate-owned grapes that are supremely terroir-expressive.” Members can offer a special cuvée to represent the best of their estate which has to be approved by a panel of winemakers to confirm the high standards of the club and it can only be from a top vintage.

Chouilly Grand Cru 2012 is an interpretation of a unique Terroir, well-known by Gimonnet because it is completely in sync with the style of Pierre Gimonnet. The grapes from Chouilly allow us them to show a champagne with more harmony than intensity. As a member of the famous 'Club Trésors' (Special Club) Gimonnet bottle their best cuvees in the Special Club embossed bottle shape.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity. The grapes were harvested on 21st September and fermented in stainless steel with no oak contact. The vineyard of Montaigu is widely considered the best vineyard in Chouilly.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Chouilly from Single vineyard: Montaigu 1.9 hectares planted in 1951
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Disgorged: Jan 2019
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Pressure: 5.5 bars
Bottles Produced: 3003
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Very fresh with bundles of lemon and lime and beautiful chalky character. The low dosage makes it extra brut but that doesn’t come across as it has so much fruit and ripeness mixed with lees character that builds up to some light custard layering. This feels young and vibrant with an exciting future. This is a good example showing how good one grape variety can be in a region.
Champagne Pierre Gimonnet Et Fils Overview
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2012 Brut Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru is powerful, bracing and explosive, with tremendous drive from the very first taste. Bright citrus, flowers, chalk and white pepper all add a beguiling aromatic upper register to this bright, chiseled Champagne from Didier Gimonnet. The Chouilly is a wine of energy, precision and savory/citrus-inflected vibrancy. Disgorged: October, 2018”
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