This week was my birthday week, and with wonderful friends, I celebrated with a variety of amazing wines, including a few bubblies. We will get to all of them eventually, but for this week, let's pick one.
Anyone that knows me well, is more than aware of my obsession with a list of grower Champagnes. These wines come from smaller producers not associated with the bigger houses (that might source their grapes from a variety of vineyards), who source their grapes from their own vineyards. These wines display a more artisanal, variable style with their makers maintaining a personal relationship & dedication to their grapes and terroir.
Let's start the fun with a more accessible one you might find more readily in your local wine shops:
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs: From the Cote de Blancs, this bubbly is fresh, yet elegant with notes of lemony citrus, apple, pear, flowers, & chalk. The Gimonnet family has been bottling Champagne since 1935, and their estate produces outstanding fruit, with some vines dating to over 100 years old! While this one also comes in 375ml to try on a smaller scale, trust me you will want the whole bottle, so just go for it. Start with the 1er Cru, and then dive into the other amazing selections, including their Rose and Oenophile.