Vilmart "Cuvée Grand Cellier" Brut Champagne

SKU #1117157 94 points Wine Spectator

 A skein of ground spice unravels through flavors of black cherry coulis, crème de cassis, honeycomb and brioche in this elegant version. Mouthwatering acidity and a lightly chalky texture push through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2025.  (11/ 2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Vilmart NV Brut Grand Cellier Disg. 07/2012 is 70-30 Chardonnay-Pinot and based on vintage 2010, with its two immediate predecessors in supporting roles. It comes from two parcels in Rilly and was aged for 10 months in foudre before going to bottle for 16 months of secondary fermentation and maturation. Fresh apple is tinged with mint and tarragon on a polished palate, picking up subtle chalkiness and saliva-liberating salinity en route to a long juicy finish. This harbors ten grams of residual sugar, but you don’t notice it as such. There is an interactivity of toasty, chalky, and smoky elements with the fruit and herbs that goes beyond that exhibited in the Grande Reserve, though the latter displays more sheer energy, succulence, refreshment and length. (A November, 2012 disgorgement tasted in September was marginally less scintillating and, I suspect, simply needing more time to hit its stride.)  (11/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir, mostly from 2010 and the rest from 2009 and 2008; aged for 16 months on its lees and disgorged in November, 2012): Green-tinged yellow. Fresh pear, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas are complemented by smoky minerals and gingery spices. Deep, chewy orchard fruit flavors are brightened by hints of Meyer lemon and orange zest and firmed by a note of smoky minerality. Powerful but elegant brut with juicy acidity providing strong finishing lift and bite.  (12/ 2013)

91 points Antonio Galloni

 The previous edition of the NV Brut Premier Cru Cuvée Grand Cellier, based on 2009, is all chamomile, flowers, and honey. A relatively soft, inviting wine, this is a Grand Cellier that places considerable emphasis on textural elegance and finesse. Hazelnut and almond notes inform the inviting finish. In this release, the vintages are 2009/2008/2007. Disgorged February 2012.  (5/ 2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 This ripe, fruity offering has great depth of flavor. Vilmart is known for rich wines like this, with a high proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend. It's full, with a good balance of dosage and a crisp finish.  (12/ 2012)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2013  | Send Email
This barrel fermented Champagne always satisfies me when I want Champagne that is rich and complex. I love the grand scale of the Grand Cellier, a trait that Vilmart always delivers. I need to drink more of this!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.