Vilmart - Brut Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or 2018
So what do we have here? A wine driven by exceptional fruit from Vilmart’s premier cru parcels in Rilly-la-Montagne. This 2016 is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 55 year old vines. Aged in barrique for 10 months, and aged on the lees for 42 months. You can expect a rich, pure highly expressive wine that sings right now, and will age for another 10-15 years building complexity as it does. This is one of the most consistent vintage Champagnes out there too, with 93-94+ point scores from both Vinous and Wine Advocate for the past ten years!
“The robe, lemon yellow with a beautiful intensity, is animated by fine regular bubbles. These small pearls give rise to a beautiful white cord on the surface. The nose is very elegant, airy, floral, springy. In the mouth, we find notes of candied pineapple, cardamom, white pepper, these are the notes that reach us immediately. Then after a few moments, another salvo arrives, dried fruits first, then minerality. The expression is mature, complex and has a lot of personality. The wine continues to evolve in the glass with aromas of cinnamon and gingerbread. The imperceptible dosage and the frank acidity of the wine deliver a “sharp” acid / sugar balance of the extra brut type. The finish is very long, ten to twelve seconds. Very clear, it perfectly prolongs the impressions given in the mouth with a nice conclusion on candied lemon and orange zest. Secondly, after opening for a few minutes, we perceive aromas of pralines as well as peach and apricot.” – winery note.
“Disgorged in June 2019 with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2015 Brut Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or reveals inviting aromas of golden orchard fruit, pear, freshly baked bread and citrus zest. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with racy acids, chalky extract and a long, penetrating finish, the vintage has imparted additional generosity, but the house's chiseled, serious style remains very much intact.” – William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Vinous Media: 93 Points
“The 2018 Brut Grand Cellier d'Or is surprisingly vibrant for the year. Light hints of tropical fruit are the only clue this is a warm vintage. Otherwise, the 2018 retains terrific freshness. Lemon confit, mint, white flowers, salt and crushed rocks all run through the 2018. I would prefer to cellar this for a few years. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 2022.” - Antonio Galloni
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