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Champagne Vilmart and Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Crutext
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Champagne Vilmart and Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV

Champagne, FranceThough technically not a "grower champagne" because Vilmart & Cie sources some grapes from around their home base in Rilly-la-Montagne, they are certainly in the same authentic, hands-on, small-scale league, and a highlight of any wine list or tasting. This is a 70/30 chardonnay/pinot noir cuvée (not to be mistaken with their Grand Reserve, which reverses the grapes in the mix) that has spent spent ten months in a mix of oak foudre and barrel, on the lees. Shearing acidity, lemon, biscuit, light toast, with lovely depth on the mid palate, grippy chalky texture and impressive citrus length. Well integrated from start to finish, with alluring finesse and precision.Tasted: 05 December 2016Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 90.00 Producer: Champagne Vilmart & CieDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 839522