Pierre Gimonnet Extra Brut Millesime 'Special Club'
WINE TYPE: Sparkling
APPELLATION: Cramant Grand Cru
One of only 28 Champagne producers classified as Special Club, which is the highest tier of classification that grower Champagnes can achieve. And of the 12 founding members from 1971 only 3 remain, one being Pierre Gimonnet.
The process to become Special Club Champagne is as careful and detail oriented as the actual making of champagne. Each February, Special Club members gather to taste each other's still wines of previous vintages and then vote on whether to declare a Special Club vintage year. This would mean that vintage was outstanding and is worthy of being a vintage dated champagne. From there, there are two rigorous tasting stages. First, a panel blind tastes the wines before they are bottled for the second round of fermentation. Next, the panel blind tastes after the wines have undergone 3-years of bottle aging. Whichever wines pass both stages of tasting, they can then be bottled in the green glass bottles that only Special Club members can use.
This tete de cuvee is the result of a very careful job at each stage of the winemaking process; distinguished by a very silky texture, finesse and elegance.