Gimonnet Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Oenophile 2008

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Côte des Blancs, Champagne, France
JS 96
TCG 95
AG 93
PRE-ARRIVAL
Item # 331198

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$79.95

750ml
Pre-arrival (ETA: Summer 2022) 12+ Available
 
96 points James Suckling: "A very rich Blanc de Blancs champagne that doesn’t taste bone-dry, thanks to the stunning harmony. Tons of dried pear and apple character is married to a wonderfully creamy and silky palate, the chalky minerality building beautifully at the long, refined finish. A cuvée based on wines from the Grand Cru villages of Chouilly (one third), Cramant (one third) and Oger (10%), plus the 1er Cru villages of Cuis (20%) and Vertus (2%). Disgorged in February, 2021. Drink now. (1/5/22)"

95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(disgorged August 2016; Fleuron 2008 without dosage; 33.5% Cramant, 32.5% Chouilly, 22% Cuis, 10% Oger, 2% VErtus; aged 6 years on lees; 1.5g/L dosage). This is not a dedicated blend, but chosen from the cellar each year according to which cuvée has the natural balance to stand best without dosage... Two years after release, it's held its poise confidently, though without the harmony inherent even with just 5g/L dosage in the Fleuron. High-tensile definition contrasts depth of character in this exactingly crafted expression of an incredible vintage. Distinct oyster shell and sea breeze characters are present on the palate and--unusually for champagne--on the nose, its pronounced Côte des Blancs terroirs burst from the glass. There's all the unashamed grip and tension of grapefruit and lemon, defined by an incisive, steely acid line, contrasted cunningly with fine, creamy lees texture and a very fine bead. The result is a chiselled and highly sophisticated champagne, not for the uninitiated, but it will entrhal oyster fanatics, and is certain to improve for many years to come. (2018-2019)"

93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2008 Extra-Brut Non-Dosé Oenophile is rich, creamy and beautifully textured, yet maintains the brightness and focus that are such signatures of the house style. A Champagne of real depth and power, the 2008 is a wine for the dinner table. The non-dosage style seems to really bring out resonance and intensity. Fruit sources are Cramant, Choully, Oger (all Grand Crus), plus Cuis and Vertus (both 1er Crus). Disgorged: September 2015. Drink: 2016-2028. (Sep 2016)"
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96 points James Suckling: "A very rich Blanc de Blancs champagne that doesn’t taste bone-dry, thanks to the stunning harmony. Tons of dried pear and apple character is married to a wonderfully creamy and silky palate, the chalky minerality building beautifully at the long, refined finish. A cuvée based on wines from the Grand Cru villages of Chouilly (one third), Cramant (one third) and Oger (10%), plus the 1er Cru villages of Cuis (20%) and Vertus (2%). Disgorged in February, 2021. Drink now. (1/5/22)"

95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(disgorged August 2016; Fleuron 2008 without dosage; 33.5% Cramant, 32.5% Chouilly, 22% Cuis, 10% Oger, 2% VErtus; aged 6 years on lees; 1.5g/L dosage). This is not a dedicated blend, but chosen from the cellar each year according to which cuvée has the natural balance to stand best without dosage... Two years after release, it's held its poise confidently, though without the harmony inherent even with just 5g/L dosage in the Fleuron. High-tensile definition contrasts depth of character in this exactingly crafted expression of an incredible vintage. Distinct oyster shell and sea breeze characters are present on the palate and--unusually for champagne--on the nose, its pronounced Côte des Blancs terroirs burst from the glass. There's all the unashamed grip and tension of grapefruit and lemon, defined by an incisive, steely acid line, contrasted cunningly with fine, creamy lees texture and a very fine bead. The result is a chiselled and highly sophisticated champagne, not for the uninitiated, but it will entrhal oyster fanatics, and is certain to improve for many years to come. (2018-2019)"

93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2008 Extra-Brut Non-Dosé Oenophile is rich, creamy and beautifully textured, yet maintains the brightness and focus that are such signatures of the house style. A Champagne of real depth and power, the 2008 is a wine for the dinner table. The non-dosage style seems to really bring out resonance and intensity. Fruit sources are Cramant, Choully, Oger (all Grand Crus), plus Cuis and Vertus (both 1er Crus). Disgorged: September 2015. Drink: 2016-2028. (Sep 2016)"
Product SKU 331198
Producer Gimonnet
Country France
Region Champagne
SubRegion Côte des Blancs
Varietal Champagne / Sparkling Blend
Designation Extra Brut|Blanc de Blancs
Vintage 2008
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 100% Chardonnay
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