Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Brut Belles Annees

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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Brut Belles Annees
$54.99
$46.74

SKU FRCHP-PIERGIMSEL-NV

750ml

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Pierre Gimonnet has long been considered a benchmark for quality in Chardonnay-based wines in Champagne. Their chalky soils in the Côte des Blancs create wines of incredible focus and expressive minerality. Gimonnet's wines have been poured by the glass at some of the finest 3-star Michelin restaurants in both Europe and America; we're proud to now offer a wine that represents the quality standards of this revered house for prices that no longer confine it to a white table cloth. The "Selection Belles Années," is essentially a non-vintage version of Gimonnet's "Cuvée Gastronome,". Like the normal Gastronome, it has a petite mousse, so only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure instead of 5-6. The wine is just slightly less carbonated than a standard Champagne, which makes it more accessible after opening and a better partner for food (hence the name Gastronome).
Category Sparkling Wine
Varietal
Region France, Champagne
Brand Pierre Gimonnet & Fils
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
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Wine EnthusiastThis is an impressively rich nonvintage selection, with tropical fruit as well as a mineral-driven character. It's impressive and would certainly take more bottle aging.

Roger Voss, December 1, 2012
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Wine SpectatorSubtle hints of toast and cream add depth to fruity flavors of green pear, apple, white peach and lemon meringue, while a mineral thread and racy acidity focus the wine through to the crisp finish. Disgorged February 2011. Drink now through 2016.

Alison Napjus, December 31, 2011
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Wine AdvocateThe NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay Premier Cru Selection Belles Annees is a touch softer and more generous than the Premier Cru Cuis, but without abandoning what is essentially a tightly focused, laser-like voice in the fruit. This, too, shows tons of energy and vibrancy all the way through to the sinewy, long finish. The Belles Annees is a blend of fruit from Chouilly, Cramant, Cuis and Oger, 60% 2004, 40% 2005. Disgorged May 10, 2010 and bottled with 7 grams of dosage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.

Antonio Galloni, December 2010