Grower Champagne focus: the remarkable Gimonnet Oenophile 2005

gimonnet oenophile

I’m quite a Gimonnet fan, so I was delighted to find this in a wine shop in Reims at a sensible price. It’s just beautiful. 2005 isn’t the best ever Champagne vintage (it was actually quite tricky), but this wine has developed really nicely and is now at something approaching peak drinking I reckon, although you could store it for longer without any worries.

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Oenophile 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2005 France
This has no dosage. Really linear and taut, but this has developed a lovely toasty, spicy richness that accompanies the lemony fruit quite beautiful. Such a complex, tight, beguiling Champagne with real beauty and focus, and notes of hazelnut, roast almond, apricot and cream as well as a lovely lemon and grapefruit core. Quite sensational, and drinking perfectly now. 95/100

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