Pierre Gimonnet Single Vineyard Vintage Releases
Pierre Gimonnet's First Release of Single-Vineyard Vintage Champagnes
The 2012 Vintage is so good for Gimonnet that for the first time in 95 year history they have produced Single cru vintage wines, and we are hugely impressed
There are some producers in Champagne, and they are in the majority, who believe that the crafting of the finest Champagnes is due in part to the art of blending. Up until now, the growers Didier and Olivier Gimonnet have been counted among that number. Didier believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and has followed this mantra to the letter for his vintage releases. However, the near perfect quality of the grapes that he grew in 2012 has led him to adapt his philosophy without causing a detrimental impact on his other wines by withdrawing these two single vineyard wines from the other vintage components. There are only 3,000 bottles of each of these release so for a producer/grower with 27 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, they represent a tiny fraction of the vintage output.
Didier has been reluctant up until now to make these changes: this estate is not really one for following fashion, preferring to respect the Gimonnet house style rather than express the individuality of the Cru. Well, I must admit that I greatly admire their house style, so I take his point. But, I will take that back, because the singularity and crystalline purity, and the utter excellence of these wines trumps all of that.
Both wines have spent 48 months on the lees, and are bottled very dry at 4.5 grams of sugar per litre - these are Champagnes for wine lovers, this with a penchant for top white Burgundies will particularly favour this style of Champagne.
Richard Ballantyne MW