Pierre Gimonnet Brut Cuis 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs
- Rated 4.5 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: March 7, 2017
- Last modified: March 7, 2017
I could never tire of this fizz; the crisp, pure and precise linearity in this understated 1er cru is impressive. Didier, 3rd generation of the Gimonnet family, oversees this small Côtes des Blancs grower Champagne house. This wine, like all of their Chardonnay-centric wines, is crystal crisp and bright, with driving linearity through to the lengthy finish. In the cuvée, 5 different harvests provide depth and complexity to this 1er cru, though the base is youthful, keeping the freshness and the piercing acidity of Cuis prominent. Aromas of juicy green apple, sea salt, subtle white flowers and lemon open onto schisty complexity, with chalky purity, vivacious intensity and a shimmery, saline-laced lemon zest to the finish. Chardonnay’s pure elegance and finesse, perfectly expressed.