Growers' Champagnes

Pierre Gimonnet: Fantastic Value Grower Champagne

The Champagne market in the UK is awash with big names and everyone has their own personal favourite. Myself, I tend to favour the growers of Champagne which is largest growing sector. The region has many exciting growers who largely speaking are quite small and boutique, but in contrast, Gimonnet has reasonably large estate of vineyards in the Cotes de Blancs so the economies of scale allow them to produce 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 based in the village of Cuis, which gives its name to Gimonnet’s standard non-vintage cuvee, 1er Cru Cuis. This is a multi vintage blend, which epitomises the fantastic terroir of the region. My other favourite from his range is his vintage wine, Oenophile, which is made only when the vintage conditions allow, as it is non-dosé, that is, no liqueur added after the 2nd fermentation, so completely dry. The resulting wine is Blanc de Blancs Champagne at its finest and purest expression.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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