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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Brut Premier Cru 2015 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Brut Premier Cru 2015

A mind-bogglingly good wine that can age…and age…and age!

$146
$208

Retail

30
Flavor Profile: Toasted biscuits, lemon, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, bing cherries, lime leaf, lemon cream, golden apples, white nectarine, and chervil
Time on Lees: 76 months
Dosage: 7 g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices and certified Viticulture Durable, Ampélos and HVE.

Why We Love It...

Laurent Champs can do no wrong in my book. One of my favorite Grower Champagne houses, with a consistent quality and unique style that sets them apart from so many others throughout Champagne. This 96-point, 2015 vintage, Coeur de Cuvée is utterly spectacular – it has everything a great wine should have, yet the price that we have it for here seems incongruous with its greatness. That should tell you something. This is a grand spectacle of old vines and supreme elegance that is well worth the price of admission.

Plenty of critics are diehard lovers of all things Vilmart as well, from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni to the revered Champagne expert, Peter Liem – who had this to say:

“Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest Champagne producers of any type in the region.”

A storied pedigree, a Premier Cru village, and a charming, fifth-generation Champenois, Laurent Champs, at the helm couldn’t make for a better story, yet each vintage of Vilmart seems to tell an even more compelling story than the last. Vilmart was founded in 1890, specifically as a grower-producer, unlike other producers of the time, who were establishing themselves as negociants. Vilmart knew that the specific terroir its vineyards grew on in the Premier Cru village of Rilly-La-Montagne, was something special. There are 11 hectares of vines that belong to Laurent, and they’re all farmed organically, because, as you know, great wine starts in a healthy vineyard. Vilmart transitioned to sustainable viticulture practices back in the ‘70s, really before it was even a glimmer in the rest of the region’s eye. That strict attention to quality is a thread that’s been woven through since inception.

The Coeur de Cuvee Brut Premier 2015, translated to “Heart of the Blend,” is one of our favorite tete de cuvees ever, from a parcel of over 60-year-old vines on the estate. Its 80/20 chardonnay-pinot noir blend is a bit of an anomaly for Rilly since most other growers are mostly planted to pinot meunier and pinot noir. This provides the wine with a great and age-worthy backbone complemented by just a touch of fruit-inspired roundness. The combination delivers a fun palatal texture that I just can’t get enough of – chiseled and bright acidity and minerality that make these powerful and voluptuous wines so perfectly balanced. The wine is fermented and aged in 228-liter barriques over an initial period of ten months and then allowed to age on the lees for a whopping 72 months. A dosage of 7 g/L amplifies the final result to something that borders on the sublime – and serves as the finishing touch to a masterpiece. 

There’s a mouth-filling texture to this cuvee that makes it a match to pretty much anything we want to eat…or it’s a meal all its own. Initial aromas of toasted biscuits, lemon, orange marmalade, and honeysuckle draw you in, with accompanying flavors of bing cherries, lime leaf, lemon cream, golden apples, white nectarine, and a kiss of chervil. It deftly carries this autolytic leesy-ness throughout, with hints of unbaked sourdough boules, that never seem to distract from the pure fruit sensations. The acidity is precise and intensely bright – cutting through the richness at just the right moment to extend the finish on this almost exponentially. It’s taut and racy, with depth, complexity, and poise – this is simply all you could want in a vintage offering – a singular experience that is sure to only get more and more profound over the next several years. I can’t wait for you to try it. While you’re at it, just grab a few more bottles. You won’t regret it.

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Montagne de Reims
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Laurent Champs
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices and certified Viticulture Durable, Ampélos and HVE.
Oak: Barrel Fermented and aged 10 months in 228 liter oak casks.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pair it with: Pan-seared foie gras with roasted porcinis and fresh figs

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee Brut Premier Cru 2015

$146
$208

Retail

30

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