Fleuron 1er Cru 2009, Champagne Gimonnet, 6x75cl bottles
|Drinking||2016 - 2016|
The 2009 Fleuron Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs is sourced from vineyards in Chouilly and Cramant, and aged for four years on the lees. Disgorged in January 2015 with 4.5 grams per liter of dosage, this...Read More
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The 2009 Fleuron Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs is sourced from vineyards in Chouilly and Cramant, and aged for four years on the lees. Disgorged in January 2015 with 4.5 grams per liter of dosage, this sample displays a precise, pure and fresh bouquet with some nutty flavors that migrate to a quite deep and rich, very elegant, fresh and well-structured taste with precise fruit aromas. This is still the fresh and mineral Gimonnet style, but with more intensity and complexity in the finish than the non-vintage cuvées. "Due to the dry August and September, we had to wait long to get the physiological ripeness in 2009," says Didier Gimonnet.
Champagne Pierre Gimonnet et Fils is a rare phenomenon in Champagne with 25 hectares of vines planted exclusively with Chardonnay, from which they produce refined Blanc de Blancs cuvées of distinction. Over the last 3 generations, they have refined the Gimonnet style, creating a marriage of expressions between the Chardonnay grape and the unique terroir of their wonderful Cuis Premier Cru, Cramant and Chouilly Grand Cru vineyards.
Since 1750, the Gimonnet family's passion and livelihood have been closely tied to the vineyards of Champagne. Centuries of tradition, knowledge and dedication have been passed down through three generations and today, the estate is in the extremely capable hands of Didier and Olivier Gimonnet. The aim of the House is to extract maximum expression from the grapes and terroir. With 16 hectares in Premier Cru vineyards and 12 hectares in Grand Cru vineyards nestling in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, they are ideally placed to cultivate some of the region's finest Chardonnay.
It is said that a champagne bottle is popped open every second of the day somewhere in the world.
The last 20 years has seen unprecedented growth in export sales, led by the UK along with mergers and acquisitions of brands and estates by the big Champagne houses. Whilst auspicious brands as Dom Pérignon, Krug, Pol Roger and Louis Roederer's Cristal rightly command attention and respect, the very essence and spirit still remains with the growers and the quality of the vineyards.
As important as the big name brands will continue to be, Champagne domaines such as Pierre Gimonnet epitomise the spirit and, above all, future for this region. It is worth remembering that there are over 300 villages and defined vineyard areas in Champagne but only 51 of these command Premier or Grand Cru status.
The region's name conjures up an immediate sense of celebration and joie de vivree, revered the world, with an image which the Champagne industry has promoted brilliantly for over a hundred years.