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NV Vilmart & Cie, Grande Reserve Premier Cru 1.5L (Disgorged 2019)

Vinous

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Regular price $105
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NV Vilmart & Cie, Grande Reserve Premier Cru 1.5L (Disgorged 2019)

Vinous

89

CellarTracker

90
Regular price $105
/

Comprised of 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay from three consecutive vintages. The wines spend 10 months in large foudres, then 30 months on the lees before disgorgement. 8g/L dosage. Soft and rich on the palate, lots of brioche tones to mix with orchard and citrus fruits,

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In all my time drinking Champagne - which is more than ample - I've rarely come across any one producer with more poise, or wines with a finer blend of all the things I love about wine. Each drop from a Vilmart bottle so perfectly balances the razor's edge of rich ripeness and adroit acidity, deep-seeding a visceral sensory memory out of each glass. Hands down, Vilmart creates the most consistently superb wines from Champagne, fit for the ultimate connoisseur or an eager novice, and everyone in between.

Vilmart & Cie

Vilmart has been in the hands for 5 full generations, soon to be 6 as Laurent Champs' son has begun helping in the winery. The thought is somewhat simple - "I want to make wine first, and then worry about the bubbles." This was once how Champagne was made before the mass-production and glam & glitz of a glass of bubbles began to supersede the thought of a winemaker toiling to craft a handmade wine. Vilmart has never wavered from this method, however. 

All of the Vilmart wines will spend time in oak, no matter the size of barrel - as small as the 228L Burgundy barrels, and as large as 5500L. However, what sets these apart is the freshness resulting from the malo-lactic conversion being prevented; thus, you have the ripeness obtained from smart farming, the softness of oak, yet the brilliant, refreshing zest of Champagne's chalk. It's a style that I believe anyone can find pleasure in!

Laurent oversees 11 parcels covering 12 hectares; the larger parcels allows for better farming practices, as his his vines won't feel as much impact from neighboring vineyards that aren't farmed biodynamically, as Vilmart hsa largely employed for some time. Almost 60% Chardonnay all told, with 36% Pinot Noir and 4% Meunier.

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Vilmart & Cie

In all my time drinking Champagne - which is more than ample - I've rarely come across any one producer with more poise, or wines with a finer blend of all the things I love about wine. Each drop from a Vilmart bottle so perfectly balances the razor's edge of rich ripeness and adroit acidity, deep-seeding a visceral sensory memory out of each glass. Hands down, Vilmart creates the most consistently superb wines from Champagne, fit for the ultimate connoisseur or an eager novice, and everyone in between.

Vilmart has been in the hands for 5 full generations, soon to be 6 as Laurent Champs' son has begun helping in the winery. The thought is somewhat simple - "I want to make wine first, and then worry about the bubbles." This was once how Champagne was made before the mass-production and glam & glitz of a glass of bubbles began to supersede the thought of a winemaker toiling to craft a handmade wine. Vilmart has never wavered from this method, however. 

All of the Vilmart wines will spend time in oak, no matter the size of barrel - as small as the 228L Burgundy barrels, and as large as 5500L. However, what sets these apart is the freshness resulting from the malo-lactic conversion being prevented; thus, you have the ripeness obtained from smart farming, the softness of oak, yet the brilliant, refreshing zest of Champagne's chalk. It's a style that I believe anyone can find pleasure in!

Laurent oversees 11 parcels covering 12 hectares; the larger parcels allows for better farming practices, as his his vines won't feel as much impact from neighboring vineyards that aren't farmed biodynamically, as Vilmart hsa largely employed for some time. Almost 60% Chardonnay all told, with 36% Pinot Noir and 4% Meunier.


Vinous

Vinous

89

The NV Brut Grande Réserve is a fine introduction to this range. Bright, nervy and refreshing, the Grande Réserve marries the richness of Pinot with the briskness of Chardonnay. Lemon peel, almond, chamomile and dried flowers build into the finish. There is a bit of angularity in the contours, but then again, this is the entry-level wine. Disgorged: July, 2020.

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Vinous

Vinous

89

The NV Brut Grande Réserve is a fine introduction to this range. Bright, nervy and refreshing, the Grande Réserve marries the richness of Pinot with the briskness of Chardonnay. Lemon peel, almond, chamomile and dried flowers build into the finish. There is a bit of angularity in the contours, but then again, this is the entry-level wine. Disgorged: July, 2020.