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Vilmart "Cuvée Grand Cellier" Brut Champagne

SKU #1117157 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A classy Champagne, with a lovely, viscous creaminess on the palate, carrying finely detailed flavors of peach skin, spring blossom, steeped raspberry and slivered almond. Long and mouthwatering, with a well-spiced finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The new release of Vilmart & Cie “Grand Cellier” is from the base year of 2014, with reserve wines added from the previous two vintages. It is made up of a blend of seventy percent chardonnay and thirty percent pinot noir and was disgorged in October of 2017. As the vins clairs for this bottling spend ten months aging in used oak casks prior to blending for secondary fermentation, the wine spent just over two years aging sur latte prior to disgorgement. The wine is drinking very well today, offering up a complex and wide open bouquet of pear, apple, lovely minerality, brioche and a topnote of hazelnut. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and frothy, with a good core, lovely mineral drive, fine focus and grip and a long, youthfully complex finish. This is tasty today, but will be even better with a bit more bottle age. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Grand Cellier (2015 base) is pure class. Creamy and exquisitely layered, the Grand Cellier remains light on its feet and vibrant. Orchard fruit, spice, pastry crust and white flowers build nicely in the glass in a Champagne of exquisite balance. This release is based on 2015, with 25% 2014 and 25% 2013 reserve wines. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Disgorged: November, 2018. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2018 | Send Email
I had an opportunity to re-evaluate this wine on Friday, the 29th of June and it is still just spectacular! It has a lively nose of citrus (lemon/lime and a touch of tangerine) and cream with (light) bread dough. Super intriguing! On the palate, a super fine bead, with tiny bubbles, yellow (and green) fruits and fine cream. Absolutely delicious! A long, citrus and mineral finish, as well. Super elegant and just flat out delicious. It was favored (100%) by our staff over the other selections that were offered on that evening.

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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