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Our “Champagne of the Month” for February 2019 is produced by Didier Gimonnet who works alongside his brother Olivier at the family domaine of Pierre Gimonnet et Fils, based in the village of Cuis, located to the northern end of the Côte des Blancs. The family have been tending vines since 1750 with production of their own label champagnes beginning in 1935.
The brothers cultivate 40 parcels of vines across 28 hectares all of which are planted with Chardonnay and situated within the Côte des Blancs. Plots are found in the Grand Cru villages of Chouilly, Cramant, Oger and the Premier Cru villages of Cuis and Vertus; each village offering a different style to their wines.
Since 1955, when Didier and Olivier’s father Michel took over the family business and in doing so, burned all of the wineries oak barrels; vinification has taken place exclusively in small stainless steel tanks in order to express the purity within the fruit. Each plot is vinified separately and reserve wines are unusually held in bottles, a process which defends against oxidation. The wines are aged on their fine lees without bâtonnage and malolactic fermentation is carried out.
Cuvée Œnophile 2012 is a vintage wine expressing the characteristics of the villages Cramant and Chouilly – comprising 78.5% of the blend with 7.5% from Oger and 14% from Cuis. Taking base wines from multiple plots allows the art of blending to come to the fore. Extended aging on the fine lees, 5 years in total for this wine before being disgorged without dosage, in this case November 2017, alcohol is at 12.5% abv.
Tasted: 26th January 2019
Appearance: Pale, gold.
Characteristics: Pronounced intensity with primary aromas of honeysuckle, quince, pear, kumquat, lemon juice, nectarine, pineapple, cantaloupe melon, white pepper and a chalky salinity. There are secondary notes of fermenting bread dough, brioche and sable biscuit. Tertiary aromas include preserved lemon, acacia honey, hay, crystallized ginger, nutty, hazelnut and cobnut. It is medium (+) bodied with a delicate mousse and a long finish.
We first tasted this wine in April 2018 and were wowed by its beautiful balance, finesse and depth. It is drinking wonderfully now but champagne and vintage champagne especially from Didier Gimonnet age very well. We suspect Œnophile 2012 to continue improving over the next 10-15 years or more.
Price circa €42.00