• Notebook with the blend for Pierre Gimonnet's 2012 Cramant Special Club champagne

    The Pierre Gimonnet estate owns 12 hectares of prime grand cru land in the Côte des Blancs villages of Cramant, Chouilly and Oger, and even more impressively, most of these parcels contain old vines: 70 percent of Gimonnet’s grand cru vines are over 40 years old, with the oldest dating to 1911 and 1913.

    One of the hallmarks of the Gimonnet style, however, is that none of the estate’s champagnes are pure grand cru: all are blended with some proportion of wine from the premier cru village of Cuis. The reason for this, according to proprietor Didier Gimonnet, is that the grand cru chardonnay is very concentrated and intense, and the naturally brisk acidity of Cuis provides a perfect counterp
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