88 Points Robert Parker
The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Selection Belles Annees is a pretty entry-level offering. Lemon, lime, crushed rocks and white flowers all jump from the glass. Tense, bright and energetic, the Belles Annees captures the essence of the Gimonnet house style. The Belles Annees is a blend approximately 50% 2006, 33% 2007 and the rest 2009. Disgorgement date: February 20, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Antonio Galloni. October, 2012
93 Points Tyson Stelzer
Belles Annees was first created for America, a blend of different vintages of Gastronome with significant amounts of reserve vintages to create more complexity and body. A slightly lower pressure produces less bubbles, making for a more vinous, accessible and food-friendly style. It’s powerful by elegant Gimonnet standards, with ripe peach, preserved lemon, rich mixed spice and baked apples giving the impression of development. It closes with the classic mineral texture that Gimonnet strives to uphold with a long, dry, salty mineral finish.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste.