- An excellent 'Special Club' champagne from the Gimonnet brothers
- 100% Chardonnay blended with Grand and a little premier cru fruit
- Needs time in the cellar, but would be great with some aged parmesan
The 2014 Gimonnet Special Club is a fantastic vintage of a consistently great wine. Coming off the heels of the 2012 release, Didier Gimonnet skipped 2013 for the Club wines, it’s a cooler, leaner style with intense minerality. The juicy citrus and tart apple surround a chalky, saline core. Tasting it now the wine is pleasing and fairly expressive but overall more serious, structured and a bit reserved and with time the 2014 Club will blossom into an even more delicious and impressive wine.
Technical details: 59% Cramant (Bateau, Gromonts, Bauves, Buissons), 25% Chouilly (Montaigu), 16% Cuis (Croix-Blanche, Roualles); Chalk. Nearly 5 years on lees and raised in stainless steel.
95 points - Vinous Media
The 2014 Brut Spécial Club is a blend of fruit taken mostly from Cramant, with Chouilly and Cuis in supporting roles. The breadth and power of Cramant comes through loud and clear. Readers will find a potent, at times austere, Champagne that needs a bit of time in the cellar to soften. The Special Club does not offer the immediacy of the Chouilly or Cramant Special Clubs, but it has plenty of its own allure. Dried pear, spice, crushed flowers and chamomile are some of the aromas and flavors that linger on the imposing finish. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 13, 2019.