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Pierre Gimonnet et Fils Gastronome 1er Cru 2014

Mix 12
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Delivered Sat 31st Jul In or Near London
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Delivered Tue 3rd Aug Out of London
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Description & Technical Information
Created in 1947 'The Pearl of Gimonnnet' by Pierre Gimonnet is a Blanc de Blancs bottled with less sugar and yeast to produce a finished champagne at lower pressure around "4 atmospheres" compared to a typical 6 atmospheres of pressure. This creates smaller bubbles which in turn form a softer texture or mouthfeel - Gastronome 2014 is a superb aperitif champagne or great with those lighter seafood dishes. Historically created for the restaurants for 'by the glass' to accompany a meal.

Didier Gimonnet says Gastronome 2014 is a "Champagne of a feast. We bite into a juicy fruit with a refreshing texture"
The Brut Gastronome is vinified from grapes lower in sugar and the lower pressure creating those smaller bubbles make it a less intrusive sparkling wine to accompany food. Because Champagne Gimonnet aims to have some of the complexity of a vintage Champagne, while maintaining the fresh vitality of a young NV, it works particularly well with seafood.

Weather: 2014 was characterised by mild temperatures and frequent rainfall and a few weeks of high temperatures. On paper it looks like a very solid vintage with good ripeness and acidity. Full flowering began in June. Summer was a combination of dry, wet and cold spells. Some regions saw some disease and Meunier in the Marne Valley didn’t have a great year and some of the Pinot Noir with its thinner skin made it more difficult for the red grapes. Harvest took place from 8th to 20th September. A year where there was a need to do a lot of careful picking and sorting of the red grapes to maintain the high quality. In general Chardonnay is the star of the vintage with some super good Blanc de Blancs starting to appear on the market. There will be some good champagnes from 2014 and exceptional Blanc de Blancs.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Cote des Blancs - 74% Grand Cru & 26% Premier Cru - 28% Chouilly, 18% Cramant, 10.5% Oger, 34.5% Cuis, 9.5% Vertus
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 3 years on the lees
Disgorged: August 2019
Dosage: 5 g/l
Pressure: 4.5 bars
Drink: Now to 2026
Annual Production: 28543 bottles

Tasting Note: Beautifully pure, floral nose. On the palate a racy, energetic feel with nuances of stone fruit, acacia, brioche and underlying minerality. Lovely purity, which has a long, crisp, slightly nutty finish. Exemplary Blanc de Blancs and great apéritif style. White flowers and crisp apple join chorus making this supremely refreshing as well as exceedingly moreish.
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Expert Reviews
Antonio Galloni
“The 2014 Cuvée Gastronome is already quite open, which makes it a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dried pear, dried flowers, mint and savory notes all add character. The 2014 is quite attractive, even if it doesn’t have the persistence or energy of the very best wines in this range. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 20, 2018.”
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