Champagne Pierre Gimonnet and Fils
When vine and family have always been one
Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family has been intertwined with Champagne vineyards. For centuries, the Gimonnets have been wine growers, delivering their harvests to the Champagne trade.
Anecdotes, legends and experience, as well as the love for Champagne, were handed down, through generations. Between the wars, the House’s wine-making activity really began. Around 1935, Pierre, the grandfather of the current family members who own the House, published his first price list: fresh grape juice was next to the ‘still wine native to Champagne’ and ‘Vintage Champagnes’…
The list also contained a reference to a wine from ‘Les Roualles’, a very typical placename of the Cuis terroir. And the unusual pricing shows that this vineyard did not carry the same weight as today.
In 1955, Pierre’s son, Michel Gimonnet, joined the family business and revolutionised the Domaine’s winemaking. His passion, rational and scientific mind made him a visionary in this field. He was amongst the very first to vinify Champagne parcel by parcel, using small stainless-steel vats. This technique ensured that each terroir could fully express itself.
He knew how unique the family vineyards are. His farmer’s mind set pushed him to elaborate Champagnes with ‘a soul clearly reflecting the earth’. He created the Pierre Gimonnet & Fils style: complex, balanced champagnes of a finely wrought elegance and inimitable mineral freshness. Distinguished ‘Blanc de Blancs’.