2000 Vilmart "Coeur de Cuvée" Brut Champagne

SKU #1270844 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Coeur de Cuvee is literally made from the “heart” of the juice, with the first and last part of the pressing discarded. This is a richly textured, intense wine loaded with ripe fruit and sweet toasted oak. Today it remains quite primary, but it will be stunner in a few years’ time, once the full range of its tertiary aromas and flavors have developed. Patience is the key. Coeur de Cuvee is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 50-year old vines. (AG)  (12/2008)

94 points Wine & Spirits

 From a parcel of 50-year-old vines, this tête de cuvée is literally the heart of the cuvée, a selection from the best juice at the middle of the pressing. It's a powerful wine that needs decanting to show the delicate florals hidden behind the substantial structure. Oak comes first in the scent of toasted croissants and a sense of wood tannin. The broad, red fruit flavors start out as blunt sour cherry, only to develop into something more exotic-several tasters described it as calamansi, the tart citrus fruit from southeast Asia. This wine defines the Vilmart style, serious and racy at once. And like all the Vilmart wines, it is built to age.  (12/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid yellow, with a strong bead. Racy citrus and orchard fruit aromas slowly give way to gently smoky floral and baking spices. Taut on entry, offering lively blood orange, pear skin and succulent herb flavors, with an intriguing undertone of vanilla and tangy minerals. Manages to be lively and deep at the same time, finishing with lingering smokiness, excellent clarity and striking persistence. Bet on this gaining power with another few years in the bottle. (ST)  (11/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Classy and harmonious. Some new oak treatment lends spice and coconut accents to the pâte de fruit and citrus flavors. Elegant and detailed, with a racy structure and a long, lemon- and spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2024. (BS)  (11/2009)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A rich, creamy wine, toasty and with ripe apricots. There is a definite toasty vanilla element in this wine. The structure, with its grapefruit edge, gives some tension to the surrounding softness. (RV)  (12/2008)

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