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Champagne Vilmart and Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Crutext

Champagne Vilmart and Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV

Champagne, FranceThough technically not a Grower Champagne (RM) due to Vilmart & Cie sourcing some grapes from around their Rilly-la-Montagne home base, they are certainly in the same authentic, hands-on, small-scale league. It is a 70/30 chardonnay/pinot noir cuvée from 30 year old vines (not to be mistaken with their Grand Reserve, which reverses the grapes in the mix) that has spent ten months in a blend of oak foudre, and barrel, on the lees (no malolactic fermentation) before heading to bottle for secondary ferment over 30 months. My bottle was disgorged in February 2022. An arrow of lemon pith and peel pierces the expansive palate, carving through lemon meringue, pastry, chalk, and green apple, all strung with a taut pithy brace of acidity. Lovely chalky depth on the palate gives this gravitas.Tasted: 25 June 2022Tasted by: Prices:
Producer: Champagne Vilmart & CieDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 839522