Growers' Champagnes

Growers' Champagnes

The Champagne market within the UK is awash with big names and everybody has their own personal favourite. Myself, I tend to favour the growers of Champagne which is fastest growing sector. The region has many exciting growers who largely speaking are quite small and boutique, but in contrast, Pierre Gimonnet has reasonably large estate of vineyards within the Cotes de Blancs therefore the economies of scale allow them to supply sensational wines at great value.

Didier Gimonnet is a passionate vigneron and his knowledge of the Crus of the Cotes de Blancs is second to none. The winery is located within the village of Cuis, which provides its name to Gimonnet’s standard non-vintage cuvee, 1er Cru Cuis. this is always a multi vintage blend, which epitomises the superb terroir of the region. My other favourite from his range is his vintage wine, Oenophile, which is created only the vintage conditions allow, because it is non-dosé, that is, no liqueur added after the 2nd fermentation, the result is a completely dry Champagne. The resulting wine is Blanc de Blancs Champagne at its finest and purest expression.

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