Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Selection Belles Annees | Brut Champagne 1er Cru NV / 750 ml.

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SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2017
This vivacious Champagne dances across your palate, with the lively acidity finely meshed with flavors of poached apple, blanched almond, spring blossom and candied ginger. Clean-cut, minerally finish. Disgorged April 2016. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases imported.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2020
A rich and creamy Champagne defined by lively acidity, with anise, pastry cream and salted almond notes, and fruit flavors of baked apricot and lemon curd. Minerally finish. Disgorged December 2019. Drink now through 2023.
VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2019
This release of the Selection des Belles Années, based on 2013, is brisk and expressive, with an alluring combination of energy and richness. In the glass, the Belles Années is a touch compact, but a bit of bottle age should help. Wonderfully persistent and inviting, the Belles Années has so much to offer. This release is 80% 2013 Gastronome, with 20% reserve wines. Dosage is 5.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 19, 2018.

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SP91 91 pts. / Wine Spectator (Nov 30, 2017)

This vivacious Champagne dances across your palate, with the lively acidity finely meshed with flavors of poached apple, blanched almond, spring blossom and candied ginger. Clean-cut, minerally finish. Disgorged April 2016. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases imported.

SP90 90 pts. / Wine Spectator (Nov 30, 2020)

A rich and creamy Champagne defined by lively acidity, with anise, pastry cream and salted almond notes, and fruit flavors of baked apricot and lemon curd. Minerally finish. Disgorged December 2019. Drink now through 2023.

VN89 89 pts. / Vinous (Dec 2019)

This release of the Selection des Belles Années, based on 2013, is brisk and expressive, with an alluring combination of energy and richness. In the glass, the Belles Années is a touch compact, but a bit of bottle age should help. Wonderfully persistent and inviting, the Belles Années has so much to offer. This release is 80% 2013 Gastronome, with 20% reserve wines. Dosage is 5.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 19, 2018.

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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.

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SKU 59970
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Sélection Belles Années
Country France
Region Champagne
Product Location - Location-Appellation Champagne
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 12.5%
Brand Pierre Gimonnet & Fils
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage NV
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Sparkling Wine
Grape(s) 100% Chardonnay
Primary Grape Chardonnay
Dosage (Sweetness) Brut
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 8, 2022
Dried-lemon, apricot, green-apple, salted-almond, walnut and light caramel notes. Vinous and layered, with small and tight bubbles. Excellent focus and intensity. Based on 2018, with reserve wines going back to 2009. Dosage 8g/L. Drink now. (James Suckling)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 5, 2021
Aromas of cooked apple, bread dough and lemon tart follow through to a full body with round, delicious fruit and a rich, flavorful finish. Yet, it remains tight and fine with lovely, compressed bubbles. New energy and freshness. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of fruit and vivid intensity. 42% chardonnay, 36% pinot noir and 22% pinot meunier. 8 grams dosage. Four years on the less. A new-format non-vintage that designates the year of the 242nd harvest, 2017, plus reserve wine of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Drink or hold.
RP93+93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Sep 2021
So much for the composition and concept of the new NV Brut Collection 242, but how does it taste? This debut release is very impressive indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of pear, peach, ripe citrus fruit, toasted almonds, fresh pastry and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and textural, it’s concentrated and layered, with lively acids, an enlivening pinpoint mousse and a long, sapid finish. Brut Premier was already a very persuasive wine, but the new Brut Collection nevertheless represents a step up.
JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 11/7/2022
The NV Champagne Collection 243 Brut is the third release and is based on the 2018 vintage, with the addition of 30% of the perpetual reserve started in 2012 and 10% reserve wine that has been aged in oak. It is ripe and balanced, with yellow flowers, honeycomb, and plum, and it has elegant concentration and underlying tension, precise mousse, and rich salinity, with lingering notes of croissant and delicate smoke. This will be an exciting wine in the range to follow. Drink 2022–2037. (Audrey Frick)
WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/21
This first release of Roederer’s new Collection is based on the 2017 harvest, the 242nd for the house. This wine replaces Brut Premier. Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon bases the Collection blend on a “perpetual reserve,” held in stainless steel since 2012, with wine added in each vintage: half pinot noir, half chardonnay, none of it having undergone malolactic conversion. For the 242 blend, he included some oak-aged reserve wines before selecting individual parcel wines from partner growers, focusing on chardonnay, along with some meunier and pinot noir from the Marne Valley. The final blend is 34 percent perpetual reserve, 10 percent oak-aged reserves, and 56 percent from the 2017 harvest. While Brut Premier was a more spherical wine in the mouth, Collection 242 is finer, with greater length of flavor and more energy. The scent is floral and seashell-mineral, the texture caressing, then tense. My notes and the comments from the panel are all about the wine’s harmony and structure, without a word about fruit. It’s an exciting wine to taste and to drink.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2021
A bright, harmonious Champagne, layering well-cut acidity and a chalky underpinning with flavors of white cherry, crunchy pineapple, green almond and beeswax. The finely detailed mousse carries hints of saffron and spring blossom on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 19,537 cases imported.
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2021
The NV Collection 242 is a new wine from Roederer that replaces the Brut Premier in the range. The Collection (which now will be numbered by harvest) is a blend of three components: a perpetual reserve done in the classic non-malo Roederer style, reserve wines in oak with a touch of malo, and a base vintage, in this case 2017. That blend results in a NV Champagne that offers lovely richness and resonance, with plenty of yellow orchard fruit and floral character. Whereas Brut Premier was typically a focused, nervy wine that, while consistently excellent, also was not always in line with the Roederer house style, the 242 tastes more like a Roederer Champagne in terms of its complexity. Incidentally, there is no Vintage, Cristal or Cristal Rosé in 2017, so all the best lots went into this bottling. Dosage is 8 grams per liter, so lower than the 9 or so that was typical for recent Brut Premier and much lower than the 12–13 that was once customary. The 242 was also bottled with a bit less sugar than the norm, which results in lower atmospheres of pressure in the bottle and silkier texture.

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WS9696 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/21
Based on the 2018 vintage, this wine includes reserves dating back to 1988. Most of the components come from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; all grow on chalk. The wine seems to layer that chalk’s seabed heritage into beautiful richness, as it combines different parcels aged in stainless steel, oak barrels or concrete. “It reminds me of architecture,” Tina Vaughn of NYC’s The Simone said. “The smell of a building site—granite, concrete, steel beams. Very Ayn Rand.” Or is it the architecture of ancient fossilized soil, along with a softer impression, one that made me smile at the glory of Champagne.
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2022
A lively Champagne, offering pretty floral and ripe, macerated fruit aromas that accent nectarine and grainy pear flavors, with hints of pickled ginger, verbena and slivered almond and a fine, lacy mousse. Elegant. Drink now. 150 cases imported. (Alison Napjus)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2020
Sleek and mouthwatering, with a fine, satiny mousse and a fresh panoply of crunchy pear, grapefruit sorbet, pickled ginger and spring blossom notes. Bright and finely knit, with rich hints of toast and mineral echoing on the finish. Disgorged November 2019. Drink now through 2025.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
The NV Blanc de Blancs Cuvée de Réserve is such a gorgeous wine. Bright, mineral and savory, with attractive tropical accents, the Cuvée de Réserve offers striking nuance and tons of class. This release is based on 2016, with reserve wines that go back to 1988. Partially blocked malolactic fermentation helps preserve a measure of freshness, but what impresses most is the wine’s total sense of balance. For readers who want to know what the Côte des Blancs is all about, without spending the money for an elite cuvée, this is the place to start. In a word: impressive. Dosage is 6.5–7 grams per liter. Disgorged: March, 2020.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2020
This is a beautifully balanced selection that’s crisp and laced with taut apple and citrus flavors. It has a rich texture, intense fruit and a tight minerality, which gives it structure and the potential for bottle aging.

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RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 20th Apr 2023
Based on the 2016 vintage, with 32% of vins de réserve, the Henriot NV Blanc de Blancs, disgorged in June 2022 with five grams per liter, reveals an elegant and fresh bouquet with aromas of lemon, peach, spring flowers, spices and pastry. Seamless and vinous, the palate is medium to full-bodied with an elegant mousse and a lively, fresh finish. It is slightly tighter than last year, but this is a well-elaborated Blanc de Blancs that can age for another five years. (Yohan Castaing)
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2019
Lightly toasty, with a hint of grilled nut lacing the poached apple, fleur de sel and lemon pastry cream notes. Fresh and balanced, with the fine mousse carrying the flavor range on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases imported.

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SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2018
A well-balanced Champagne, with a vibrant backbone of acidity and a creamy mousse, this offers spice and tea rose accents to the crushed white cherry, toasty and candied lemon zest flavors. Clean-cut finish. Disgorged October 2017. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.
ST9090 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Nov/Dec 2011
Light, bright yellow. Pear, peach and smoky lees on the nose, with complicating notes of anise and iodine. A spicy, gently chewy midweight offering zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. Shows very good energy and definition on the finish, with the smoke and anise notes echoing.
RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Dec 2009
The NV Brut is straightforward and accessible, with lovely depth in its fruit. The wine’s balance and length are both commendable, and the toasty, creamy finish rounds things out nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2009–2012.
VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2015
Pale gold. Ripe nectarine and yellow plum on the fragrant nose, with a subtle undercurrent of smoky lees. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering spicy orchard and pit fruit flavors, gentle acidity and a hint of sweet butter. In an easygoing, accessible style, finishing with good breadth and cling.

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