Oenophile non dosée 2008, Champagne Gimonnet, 6x75cl bottles
|Drinking||2016 - 2020|
Absolutely outstanding. This low dosage cuvée captures the brilliance of 2008. Classic Gimonnet: racy, driving and mineral with real delicacy. This blossoms in the glass to reveal an underlying...Read More
Notes & Scores
Absolutely outstanding. This low dosage cuvée captures the brilliance of 2008. Classic Gimonnet: racy, driving and mineral with real delicacy. This blossoms in the glass to reveal an underlying seriousness which will unravel with age. Spectacular today but with a big future.
The 2008 Extra-Brut Non-Dosé Oenophile is bristling with energy and tension, but it also lacks a bit of mid-palate pliancy, which leads me to wonder if the zero dosage style is truly optimal in this vintage. Lemon oil, white flowers, sage and chalk are all pushed forward. The 2008 is bracing and classically austere, with notable intensity throughout. Vineyard sources are 33.5 % Cramant, 32.5% Chouilly, 22% Cuis, 10% Oger and 2% Vertus. Disgorged: June 2015. 91 Points
Natasha Hughes MW
Unlike the Cuis, the Oenophile is mainly based on grand cru grapes (33.5% of the blend comes from Cramant, 32.5% from Chouilly and 10% from Oger, all celebrated grand cru sites), and this helps to add a hint of smoky minerality to the wine’s layered flavours of white blossoms, lemon zest and crunchy green apples.
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.