Cépages: 100% Chardonnay
Assemblage: 100% 2012
Vineyard/Village: 60% Cramant Grand Cru, 30% Chouilly Grand Cru, 10% Cuis 1er Cru
Elevage: Stainless steel
En Tirage Aging: 60 months
2012 was challenging vintage with frost hitting in April, followed by hailstorms and one of the hottest summers on record, reducing crops in some villages by as much as 40%. Ultimately, the frost and hail that reduced the crop earlier in the year meant the harvested grapes showed healthy concentration with good levels of acidity balanced by ripe sugar content.
The Gimonnet family have been cultivating the vine in Cuis, on Champagne's famous Côtes des Blancs, since 1750, although for many years they sold their fruit to the aforementioned grandes maisons. It was after 1955 that the wines of Pierre Gimonnet et Fils began to demonstrate the character that we see in them today. At this time Michel, Pierre's son, set about creating a range of Champagnes which would typify the exclusively Chardonnay Gimonnet style. The high percentage of old vines at this estate sets it apart in a region suffering from a plethora of very young vineyards.