Vilmart "Cuvée Grand Cellier" Brut Champagne

SKU #1117157 94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A sculpted Champagne, rich but still elegant, with well-honed acidity and a panoply of flavors set on the raw silklike mousse. Delivers grilled macadamia nut and biscuit, white cherry and nectarine fruit, crystallized honey, lime blossom, star anise and smoke accents. Long, salty finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Inner quote mark (11/2023)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Beautifully refined and delicate with clementine and pale strawberry enlivened by a touch of flintiness and creaminess and delivered with a delicate mousse. The Chardonnay lifts and elongates with fine zesty energy. Detailed, poised and classy, this is superb value. 10 months predominantly in large oak foudres. (TH) Inner quote mark (4/2023)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The current release of Laurent Champs’ Grand Cellier non-vintage Brut bottling is from the base year of 2018, with reserve wines included from the previous two vintages. The cépages is seventy percent chardonnay and thirty percent pinot noir. The vins clairs do not undergo malo and were aged in large foudres for ten months prior to bottling up for secondary fermentation. It was given two and a half years aging sur latte and finished with a dosage of eight grams per liter after its disgorgement in February of 2022. The wine offers up a very refined aromatic constellation of apple, pear, white lilies, bread dough, chalky minerality and the first vestiges of an eventual smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, crisp and full-bodied, with fine depth at the core, excellent mineral drive, refined mousse and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. This is already very tasty, but still pretty brisk, and a bit of bottle age will let the acids relax a bit more and the wine to really blossom. A very serious non-vintage Brut. Inner quote mark (7/2022)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The NV Brut Grand Cellier is bright, effusive and wonderfully charming. White flowers, chalk, mint and lemon confit give this mid-weight, nervy Champagne tons of energy. All the elements are so nicely put together. I especially like the energy and crystalline purity here. There are a lot of terrific wines in this range, but the Grand Cellier is quintessentially Vilmart. This release is based on 2019, with the addition of reserve wines from 2018. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. (AG) Inner quote mark (5/2023)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Made from 70% Chardonnay and the remainder Pinot Noir, the NV Champagne Grand Cellier Brut was raised for 10 months in large foudre before spending 30 months sur latte. The nose is rounded and soft, with a delicate perfume of vanilla pastry, Anjou pear, and white flowers. The palate is rounded but dry, with citrus zest that lifts through the modest finish. (AF) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Complex nose. Savoury palate. Lots going on here. Green apple and citrus, zesty. Power and concentration on the palate. Fine acidity to finish, with a soft, elegant mousse. Oak maturation provides some intriguing, slightly mushroom, savoury characters. Distinctive style. (AWH) Inner quote mark (6/2022)

K&L Notes

This non-vintage Brut is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Antonio Galloni writes for Vinous: "Laurent Champs makes some of the classiest wines in all of Champagne. Nuance, polish and sophistication are all signatures readers will find here. No matter the vintage or wine, there is a sense of effortless grace at Vilmart that I always admire." (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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