Steve Tanzer 92 points - I tasted two different versions of Gimonnet’s signature NV Cuis 1er Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs earlier this year; both were excellent as usual. The most recent disgorgement from January 2015 is based on the 2011 vintage (+ 22% Reserve wines), and is very pure, lovely, fresh and delicate on the typically intense, chalky/mineral, well balanced and elegant palate. The lighthearted yet quite complex wine was disgorged with a dosage of 6.5 grams per liter. The forerunner, based on 2008 and disgorged in October 2014, was even finer and provided with a very god length.
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - The NV Brut 1er Cru Cuis (Magnum) is striking, largely because this release is based on 2009, which softens some of the edges of Cuis and results in a wine of notable texture and volume. With time in the glass, the 1er Cru really shines. The flavors are bright and citrus-inflected, with plenty of mineral undercurrents, in the classic Gimonnet style, yet the 2009 base adds just enough intensity to balance things out. At times, the Gimonnet Champagnes can be a bit austere, but the 1er Cru really shines. This release is 79% 2009, 12% 2007, 5% 2006 and 4% 2004. Dosage is 6 grams/liter. Disgorged: January 2015.
Wine Spectator 91 points - This fresh and frothy Champagne shows a hint of salted almond, layered with notes of crunchy green pear, orchard blossom, lemon parfait and white peach. A clean-cut aperitif. Disgorged October 2014. Drink now. 500 cases imported.
GIMONNET BLANC DE BLANCS
"Green-tinged yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, pear and white flowers, with an iodiney quality building in the glass. Chewy in texture and nicely concentrated, offering precise citrus and bitter quinine flavors and a strong topnote of dusty minerals. Finishes clean, bright and very long, with lingering chalkiness. This would make a superb match with fresh oysters or crab." Josh Raynolds Steve Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 points