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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Gastronome Brut Premier Cru Champagne 1999

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Lovely aromas and flavors of toast, citrus and mineral mark this elegant yet firmly structured 1999. It takes on a whole-grain complexity on the finish. Smooth and harmonious overall, in a drier style. Drink now through 2010.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils:
Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne vineyard.  From the beginning, the Gimonnet family are winegrowers that go about their harvest by the rules of Champagne trade.  Anecdotes, legends and experiences enrich themselves with the passing of the centuries and transmit themselves generation to generation. The know-how and the love of the vine a... Read more
Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne vineyard.  From the beginning, the Gimonnet family are winegrowers that go about their harvest by the rules of Champagne trade.  Anecdotes, legends and experiences enrich themselves with the passing of the centuries and transmit themselves generation to generation. The know-how and the love of the vine also play an important part in this process. It was during the period between the two great wars that the wine-making activity of the house really began. Around 1935, Pierre drew up the first tariffs. The fresh grape juice cohabitated with the "quiet native wine of Champagne" and a "Champagne Cru" … Practically at the same price. From 1955, Michel Gimonnet, the son Pierre, invested himself with passion and audacity in the development of a range of Champagne "Houses".  He knows each vine of every acre that he trampled on during his youth.  It is he who knows how unique the family vineyard is.  The style of its wines goes some way to express the whole beauty, vivacity, and its race. ichel generated a concern of an almost obsessional perfection; a requirement of such extremes transmitted to its sons, Olive Tree and Didier. Such intransigence implies a severe technical precision, but following the example of the true goldsmiths of wine, the Gimonnet family still work with respect to the hand-crafted work. For the harvest all the grapes are gathered manually.  The grapes are pressed in a traditional manner, automatically divided, into two pneumatic managed presses, since 1996. Conscious of the variety and big wealth of their vineyard, Olivier and Didier Gimonnet put all their work into extracting the most beautiful expressions of the grapes and its “Terroir” (soil).  The vinifications are carried out in small capacity tanks (of 25 to 125 hl), thus preserving the characteristics of the vineyard parcels, linked to the age of the vines, or again to their "climate". Read less

External Reviews for Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Gastronome Brut Premier Cru Champagne

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Lovely aromas and flavors of toast, citrus and mineral mark this elegant yet firmly structured 1999. It takes on a whole-grain complexity on the finish. Smooth and harmonious overall, in a drier style. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The salt-laced pear-scented 2000 Cuvée Gastronome Blanc de Blanc Brut is light to medium-bodied, fresh, pure, and sports a prolonged character reminiscent of lemon burst candies dusted with minerals.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/06/2011

Bright pale color. Exotic orange blossom, key lime and spices on the perfumed nose. Creamy-sweet and tactile on entry, then surprisingly urgent in the middle palate, with sharply delineated flavors of chalk, flowers, soft citrus fruits and mint. Ultimately quite penetrating. The slow-building finish is gripping and long.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light gold. Complex nose suggests lime, tangerine, licorice and hazelnut, with a mineral overlay. Broad and gentle, but there's a liveliness too, and a distinct fresh citrus character. Lush and supple on the finish, which is lightly toasty, with a repeating licorice note.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

An intense, slightly angular version, this is assertive, with a firm structure and a chalky texture supporting the graphite, berry and orange peel flavors. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

Youthfully tight, this takes time to adjust to air. When it does, itandrsquo;s a firm, bold chardonnay, yielding fresh chamomile and preserved lemon scents along with its chalky, pale mineral tone. Gripping now, it should evolve well.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/24/2013

Youthfully tight, this takes time to adjust to air. When it does, it’s a firm, bold chardonnay, yielding fresh chamomile and preserved lemon scents along with its chalky, pale mineral tone. Gripping now, it should evolve well.


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