As one of Antonio Galloni’s highest scoring Champagnes of the 2009 vintage, the 2009 Pierre Gimonnet Cuvee Fleuron is a blockbuster of a wine. Galloni called it an "explosive" wine that “exudes richness” and with 95 points it is a compelling buy.
The house style of Gimonnet of one of lean and focused minerality and this works very well with a big, forward vintage such as 2009. It means that while the Cuvee Fleuron is “round, voluptuous and racy” it still has all-important freshness to balance the power and intensity of fruit. Galloni says of Gimonnet, “when the wines are well-balanced, they are terrific” and this 2009 does seem to be a textbook example.
The Fleuron is only made in the best years and blended from selections from across Gimonnet’s holdings including some very special ancient vines in the Grand Cru village of Cramant. The resulting Champagne is clearly something well-worth seeking out at such a competitive price, it is one of the great bargains of the 2009 vintage.
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Average critic rating : 95.0 points
The 2009 Brut Fleuron is round, voluptuous and racy. Explosive and spherical on the palate, the 2009 exudes richness, with plenty of the radiance of the year on display. Tropical inflections abound in a deep, boisterous Champagne that feels very ripe by Gimonnet standards. Still, there is so much to like, especially the way the wine maintains so much freshness given its intensity. Vineyard sources are 42.5% Cramant, 30% Chouilly, 18.5% Cuis and 9% Oger. Dosage is 4.5 grams/liter.
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