Champagne Pierre Gimonnet et Fils
The story of Champagne Gimonnet is, in fact, “Pierre Gimonnet et Fils... et Petits-Fils”, as the grandsons of the founder, brothers Olivier and Didier Gimonnet are the custodians of this 28-hectare estate in the Côte des Blancs.
The winery is in the Premier Cru village of Cuis where Didier’s family has been growing grapes since 1750. Pierre Gimonnet, Didier’s grandfather, started bottling estate Champagnes in 1935. In addition to the 13.5 hectares of Chardonnay in Cuis, he owns 11 hectares in the Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly, plus 3 other in Oger and Vertus, as well as half a hectare of Pinot Noir split between the Grand Cru of Aÿ and 1er cru of Mareuil-sur-Ay.
The high percentage of old vines sets the estate apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards. 70% are over 30 years old, of which some 40% are over 40 years old, with 100+-year-old vines in the Grand Cru village of Cramant.
“Cramant,” says Gimonnet, is “very expressive and round;” Chouilly is similar in style but slightly less concentrated; Cuis is much more “neutral, acid, fresh, aerial” - this north-facing village is the coolest in the Côte des Blancs. These are sappy, crunchy, refreshing champagnes of acupuncturally tonic qualities with lingering, salty purity.