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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    Now-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Toast Skagen, gratinated mussels & cold-smoked salmon

The Story

Prestige cuvée since 1971

The Champagne "Special Club" vintage is a blend of the most outstanding wines from an exceptional year. Composed of wines from 6 to 8 vineyards, this very exclusive Champagne is rarely made due the exacting standards ensured by the "Club des Viticulteurs Champenois" - an exclusive club of only 40 members, grouped from all parts of Champagne with one common aim: to create the greatest Champagnes.

Fruit of a severe selection, it is "the optimal expression of our soils". The blend is composed exclusively of Chardonnay, mostly from "Cramant Grand Cru" and old vines (50% of our vines are over 40 years old, the two "doyennes" are 100 years old ...). 20 to 30% of the blend comes from our "Cuis 1er Cru" vineyard.

The "Champagne Special Club" is indeed very special! The bubbles are miniscule and persistent, giving rise to a perfect, firm, mousse - a characteristic of a truly great "blanc de blancs". The nose is extremely elegant, with clean, deep enchanting fruit aromas. On the palate the fine exquisite bubbles tickle the tongue in a symphony of tiny explosions that are ever persistent! On the the palate this Champagne is perfection, with great depth and masses of flavour balancing the liveliness into a long rich and elegant finish. An extremely charming Champagne that ages with great dignity, developing classic Burgundy characteristics.

This cuvée is the result of a very careful job at all stages of elaboration. The blending is made exclusively with Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. The grapes come from over 40 years old vines – the oldest vines were planted in 1911 and 1913.

The Special Club is mainly composed of the hearts of each terroir – Cramant Grand Cru, completed by Chouilly (Montaigu) and a touch of Cuis 1er cru to bring freshness – signature of Pierre Gimonnet & Fils style.

This “nec plus ultra” cuvée is distinguished by a very silky texture, finesse and elegance.

Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay

Terroirs: 100% Côte des Blancs (86% Grand cru & 14% 1er cru)

60% CRAMANT Grand Cru (16% Bateau, Gros Mont; 14% Briquettes, 16% Buissons and 14%  Terroir.)

26% CHOUILLY Grand Cru  (Montaigu)

14% CUIS 1er Cru (Croix-Blanche and Roualles)

Vinification:

  • Grapes harvested manually
  • split pressing
  • cold settling
  • temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation
  • malolactic fermentation
  • stainless tanks for 8 months on lees
  • cold stabilization (-4°) and filtration
  • bottling 26th April 2016
  • ageing in bottle more than 4 years
  • disgorgement 3 months before shipping
  • dosage EXTRA BRUT (RS 5 g/L)
  • annual production: 29,070 bottles and 1,470 magnums

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Vintage 2015

A wet winter and mild spring gave way to an exceptionally dry summer from mid-May onwards. Hot weather prevailed until mid-August, when the skies opened again. Rains gave way to fine, cool, yet sunny weather for the first two weeks of harvest, which commenced on August 29th. The 2015 vintage has a lot of common denominators with the 2003 vintage but the 2015s are showing a better balance of weight and freshness with their average potential alcohol level of 10.5% and total acidity of 6.9 g/l. The quality and ageing capacity of the vintage has been questioned because of the low acidity, but to me the structure of the wine is not the problem; the aromatics are. Initially as vins clairs, I found the wines to come with ample, attractive fruitiness. The vegetal, particularly ash-like aromatics were subdued but have since then become amplified, especially in the vintage bottlings. Drought issues are considered to be the culprit to these widely spread aromatic issues of the year. I have come notably down from my initial assessment. However, most vintage and prestige cuvées are yet to surface from the cellars and their quality will make or break the vintage.

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Origin

Champagne, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

Drinking temperature

7-9C

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Collection

Cuis 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs

Cuvée Brut Fleuron

Cuvée Extra Brut Oenophile

Fleuron

Gastronome

Oger Grand Cru

Paradoxe Brut

Rosé 1er Cru

Special Club

Special Club Chouilly Grand Cru

Special Club Collection

Special Club Cramant Grand Cru

Vieilles Vignes de Chardonnay

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