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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Special Club Millesime 2004
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The assembly is composed exclusively of chardonnay, originating mostly of "Cramant Grand Cru" and of old vines (50% of our vines are more than 40 years old, the two "doyennes" are 80 years old...). 20 to 30% of the assembly originate from our vineyard of "Cuis 1er Cru". This cuvée confers complexity and longevity. The Special Club cuvée, 2004 vintage embodies the archetype style of Pierre Gimonnet & Fils: a Champagne of superb structure, offering a very beautiful body, all in fineness and in elegance.
Richness, concentration, great weight and balance. Despite the ripeness, the crispness of the house style dominates. The apple flavors and the minerality need several years to really mature. From mainly grand cru vineyards.Score: 94. —Roger Voss, December 01, 2011.
The 2004 Brut Special Club is terrific. Freshly cut flowers, pears, mint and apples are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. The vintage is ideally suited to Chardonnay, and Gimonnet seems to have captured the full potential of the year here. This is a dazzling effort. The 2004 can be enjoyed today, but ideally needs more time in bottle. It is deeply impressive. Here, too, the blend is mostly Grand Cru; 60% Cramant and 28% Chouilly (both Grand Crus), along with 12% Cuis (Premier Cru), all old vines. This bottle was disgorged on December 12, 2011. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.Score: 93+. —Antonio Galloni, November 2011.
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Light yellow. Complex, vibrant aromas of pink grapefruit, chalk and fresh herbs, plus a whiff of candied ginger. Offers a dry, mineral-driven array of citrus and floral flavors, with a dominant chalky character and a chewy texture. Finishes with impressive clarity and persistence, with pungent grapefruit peel dominating. Some might find this severe but I really like this style of Champagne.Score: 93. —Josh Raynolds, December 2010.
A subtle Champagne, with a firm backbone of acidity and detailed texture meshed with layers of white peach, mineral, ground ginger, pink peppercorn and lemon curd flavors. Mouthwatering and graceful. Drink now through 2020.Score: 92. —Alison Napjus, November 30, 2011.
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