NV Gimonnet-Gonet L'Origine Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne, France (750ml)

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Each born into vigneron families, it is not surprising that Anne Gonet and Philippe Gimonnet decided to follow the footsteps of their ancestors. In 1986, they bottled their first Champagnes together as Champagne Gimonnet-Gonet. Phillipe and Anne started with just five hectares, which have since grown into 13.5, mostly in Grand Cru villages of the Côtes des Blancs: Chouilly, Cramant, Oiry, Oger and Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger. They also have smaller holdings of Pinot Noir and Meunier in the Vallée de la Marne in the villages of Bouquigny, Vincelles, Verneuil and Trélou. In 2012, their son, Charles, joined the team, and together the family works as naturally as possible in both the vineyard and the cellar, producing Champagnes of elegance and distinction.

Gimonnet-Gonet's l'Origine is made from 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru villages of Oiry, Chouilly, Oger, Cramant and Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger, and from vines that are an average of 35 years-old. Harvesting was done by hand. The grapes underwent two presses: one vertical, the other pneumatic. Primary and malolactic fermentations were done in small, individual steel vats—by parcel—blended with 30-45% reserve wine and then aged in bottle for 36 months. 6g/l dosage.

Bright straw color with a delicate yet persistent stream of tiny bubbles. Aromas of sliced green apples and honeycomb. The palate is focused and textured with flavors of Granny Smith apples, Meyer’s lemon and Asian pears. The finish shows great concentration and length, with a lovely mineral note. 

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