GALLIMARD PÈRE ET FILS
Didier Gallimard and his son, Arnaud, owns 10 hectares of prime vineyards on the steep slopes around Les Riceys in the southern Aube. Didier is the 6th generation and Arnaud the 7th of this family domaine.
Their vines’ average age is over 30 years and the dramatically sloping vineyards, which are of chalk and Kimmeridgian limestone, are planted mainly to Pinot Noir and just a little Chardonnay. Their wines are full and rich and offer enticing aromas and flavours of summer fruits.
Their delicious Rosé is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and cascades with fresh, bright raspberry and strawberry flavours. ’Cuvée Quintessence’ is 100% Chardonnay, vinified for 6 months in two specially acquired 800ltr demi-muids. With 48 months sur-lattes prior to disgorgement and a dosage of just 5g/l, it is fine, elegant and precise. ’Cuvée Amphoressence’ is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay, aged for 24 months in four amphorae and bottled with no dosage. This is very fine and pure and rather serious.