Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Selection Belles Annees Brut Champagne
This is 100% Chardonnay with nearly 75% from Grand Cru villages. 21.5% from Cramant (Buissons, Fond du Bateau, Gromonts), 46.5% from Chouilly (Mont Aigu, Ronds Buissons), 6% from Oger (Terres de Noël, Champ Nérons) and 26% from 1er Cuis (Croix-Blanche, Basses Vignes) It's a blend of 60% 2004 and 40% 2005. The dosage is low, just about 7 grams per liter.
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).