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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Réserve Brut Premier Cru
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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Réserve Brut Premier Cru NV

Champagne, FranceThough no longer technically a grower champagne because Vilmart & Cie sources some grapes, they are certainly in the same authentic, hands-on, small-scale league. This is a 70/30 pinot noir/chardonnay cuvée (not to be mistaken with their Grand Cellier, which reverses the grapes in the mix). This bottle was based on the 2015 vintage, with reserve wines from 13 and 14, and 1er cru grapes from Rilly-la-Montagne, with vines averaging 35 years. All of Vilmart's base wines ferment in large oak foudres for 10 months prior to secondary fermentation in the bottle, and none see MLF. This was dosed with 9 g/l before release. Quite tight and lively, thanks to no MLF, but with a gentle cushion, thanks to the aging in oak. Biscuit, lemon dough, green apple is bright and lively on the medium palate, the acidity holding this taut and vibrant through the chalky finish. Lovely completion throughout. Disgorged in July 2017.Tasted: 23 August 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 70.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne Vilmart & CieDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 154922UPC: 3468970110001