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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Réserve Brut Premier Crutext

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Réserve Brut Premier Cru NV

Montagne de Reims, Champagne, FranceThough no longer technically a grower of 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 was based on 2020, with reserve wines from 2018 and 2019 and fruit of 1er cru Rilly-la-Montagne, with vines averaging 35 years. Vilmart's base wines ferment in large oak foudres for ten months before secondary fermentation in the bottle, and none see MLF. This was dosed with 8 g/L in the summer of 2021. Red and green apples and lemon are lined with cherry brioche and lit with a buzzy chalkiness. The lingering finish is alluringly kissed with an anise. Showing smartly at present. With a 2021 DG date, it's time to drink best now.Tasted: 27 February 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$70.00750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Champagne Vilmart & CieDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 154922UPC: 3468970110001