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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or Brut Premier Cru 2018 Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or Brut Premier Cru 2018

Vilmart is back with another pure spectacle of a Champagne dripping with elegance, soft nuances, and generous power…a wine worthy of well above the $90 price point we were able to procure it for!

$89
$143

Retail

38
Flavor Profile: Smoke, green apples, cardamom, toasted hazelnuts, black cherries, plums, Seville orange, lemongrass, and salted watermelon
Time on Lees: 42 months
Dosage: 7 g/L g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices and certified Viticulture Durable, Ampélos and HVE.

Why We Love It...

Vilmart is one of those grower Champagne houses that has proven to do no wrong in our book, touting a consistent quality and unique style that has set them apart from similar houses in the region for ages. This 2018 Brut Grand Cellier d’Or is an absolutely spectacular, genuinely luxurious Champagne full of luscious and rich aromas and a rainbow of flavors spanning floral, herbal, smoky, spicy, and fruity complexities. It could and should easily go for well into the triple digits (and does everywhere else), but we’re the only shop in the States to have it for UNDER $90!

Notable pedigree, a Premier Cru village, and the charming fifth-generation Champenois, Laurent Champs, at the helm make for a compelling fairytale-like story, and each vintage of Vilmart seems to have an even happier ending 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 of its vineyards, grown in the Premier Cru village of Rilly-La-Montagne, was something special. Currently, Laurent and his son Thomas, make the wine for the winery. They focus on the health of the vines and a more vinous style than a lot of other Champagnes. People often remark how Burgundian these wines taste, as both fermentation and aging take place in oak. I wholeheartedly agree with “their” assessment! Sometimes, I forget about the bubbles inside! Lauren Champs himself has said that he “wants to make wine first and then worry about the bubbles.”

Plenty of critics and bubbles imbibers are massive fans of all things Vilmart, including Vinous’ Antonio Galloni and 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.” Composed of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir from 50-plus-year-old vines – it’s rich, with the incredible autolytic notes that I love in Champagne that suggest maturity and long lees aging, which here is 10 months in barrel before an additional 42 months on the lees prior to disgorgement and Brut-level dosage of 7 g/L. Malo is blocked in most of Vilmart’s wines, including this one, amplifying the mineral notes. The resulting wine is in line with all of Vilmart’s offerings – fresh, classy, and luxurious Champagne with fine texture and ample layers of delight.

Bright, powerful, and smoky aromas take flight immediately, with green apples, cardamom, and toasted hazelnuts, soon followed by flavors of black cherries, plums, Seville orange, lemongrass, and salted watermelon. The mouthfeel is creamy and nicely developed for such a recent disgorgement, with a roundness that typically requires a few more years on the cork for Vilmart. The finish is zippy, fresh, and searingly bright, a razor-like reset of cleansing acidity that prepares you for the next sip. This is an utterly worthy bottle for your cellar – in fact, get a few to enjoy now and later, as it’s sure to only continue evolving into an even more gorgeous wine with time. Vilmart does it again!

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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: Grilled trout with lemon butter sauce

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or Brut Premier Cru 2018

$89
$143

Retail

38

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