Wine Spectator: Featuring a delicate bead and lively acidity, this is fresh and floral, with a hint of orchard blossom wafting through the flavors of dried apricot, poached apple, anise, bread dough and honey. Disgorged August 2012. Drink now through 2016.
Pierre Gimonnet has long been considered a benchmark for quality in Chardonnay-based wines in Champagne. Their chalky soils in the Côte des Blancs create wines of incredible focus and expressive minerality.
The “Selection Belles Années,” is essentially a non-vintage version of Gimonnet’s “Cuvée Gastronome,”. Like the normal Gastronome, it has a petite mousse, so only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure instead of 5-6. The wine is just slightly less carbonated than a standard Champagne, which makes it more accessible after opening and a better partner for food (hence the name Gastronome).