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 VintageN.V. Label 2 of 7 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerVilmart & Cie (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationGrand Cellier Brut
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)3468970120000

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2017 (based on 43 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Vilmart Brut Grand Cellier on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 412 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rocknroller on 7/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Light gold color. Drank 2+ glasses with dinner over an hour. As always a wonderful Champagne. Balanced all around and finessed. Very fine bead, pear, apple, yeast and mineral nose. The palate is delicate, light and lifted, fine acidity buoys the vibrant citrus infused pear, apple, and apple skin flavors, along with almond cream, yeast, and a long finish. So nice. 92+pts. (503 views)
 Tasted by drrobvino on 7/19/2015 & rated 93 points: Opened yesterday, consumed half the bottle, and saved the rest for today.
Disgorged 12/2011...so 4 years of additional bottle age. 9 g/L dosage. Malo blocked in this cute.
Remember, this wine is aged in oak, and this definitely impacts the flavor profile.
Today, the wine is better after having been opened a day and re-corked.
Fine, constant stream of bubbles.
Nose is lively, with cinnamon, red apple, lemon/lime, creamsicle, and chalk.
The palate is full in body, with quite lively acidity, and relatively bold flavors of red apple skin, cooking spices, pear and lemon, vanilla, and honey. Even through all these abundant flavors, the soil signature is apparent (way more so on the 2nd day than the first). The wine shows it's pedigree and lives up to it's expectation, finishing long and full, with a definite acid cut at the end of the lingering finish, earning points for style and grace.
A real beauty, drinking utterly refined and perfect on the 2nd day the bottle was opened...making me think this disgorgement may continue to improve with another year in the bottle, and drink at it's apogee through 2020+. Delicious. (774 views)
 Tasted by dpolivy on 7/3/2015 & rated 91 points: Disgorged in 2012 I think, based on purchase date. Lovely nose; brioche, citrus, green apple. Fine mousse, with leaner lemon and green apple fruit followed by a backbone of excellent acidity. Fresh, clean, and lively. (997 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 6/23/2015 & rated 92 points: A tremendous value as farmer fizz goes! (1382 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 5/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Wonderful again with lemon, lime, orange and tropical fruit. Wonderful acidity and delicate. Always a winner at the price point. (1787 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 5/8/2015: At Jess and Matt's 'Wedding.': Disgorged L03/2010.
Sandlewood and tree fruit palate. Cream, vanilla, and oh, so smooth. (1925 views)
 Tasted by honest bob on 4/21/2015 & rated 91 points: From 75cl, v. good layered champagne cork, same batch as my previous TNs. Superbly aromatic, apple-dominated palate, gentle but persistent bubbles, very long, tingling apple-acidic finish. My previous bottle must have been faulty (or my palate was shot on 31.12.2014, which is, I admit, a possibility) as the dosage seems perfectly in balance here. 91P (2293 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 4/17/2015: When I opened this on Friday night I thought it had been in the cellar for about 8 years. Turns out I had bought it 11 years ago. What a fantastic surprise this was. The flavors were full and rich, with lots of fresh nuts, wheat toast and bright apple. The mouse was still very vibrant, and the finish was fresh and persistent. This was even more of a pleasant surprise looking at the old $39.99 price sticker! (1867 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 4/12/2015 & rated 90 points: I was, in love with this producer for a while. Now I'm less infatuated. Close to worth the $60 I paid but I don't think Ill restock. (2072 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 4/3/2015 & rated 88 points: Purchased four years ago. Straight cork. Pale colour, fine stream of small bubbles. Warm bready nose. Nicely creamy mousse. Very drinkable; ripe entry, reasonably minerally through the mid palate and finishes well. A crowd pleaser helped by what feels quite a high dosage. Quite elegant. *** (1765 views)
 Tasted by Sennma on 3/29/2015 & rated 87 points: A perfectly nice glass of bubbles...yeasty nose, nice apple/lemon streak on the finish but lack a bit of oomph (1696 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 3/28/2015 & rated 90 points: HDH Burgundy Auction (Chicago, IL): Apple-fresh on the nose, with a very juicy and approachable character. Lovely juiciness on the palate as well. Quite linear and fresh, with a good green apple character. Open and very delicious. (1661 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 3/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Chalky, mineral, yeast, lemon rind. This is complex but shows all the typical profile of Champagne. Very enjoyable (1592 views)
 Tasted by sooper65 on 3/9/2015 & rated 90 points: good fizzzzz (1652 views)
 Tasted by nphase on 3/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Crispy! Kind of.. hoppy? Really enjoyable! (1440 views)
 Tasted by KenPlace on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Nice and yeasty with some complexity. Good QPR. Would buy again. (1436 views)
 Tasted by SLIMES on 2/22/2015: This was good with some nice delicate almost orange-like notes. Unfortunately I had this alongside a magnum of Nyetimber Blanc de blanc 1996 and it just got crushed by the older wine.

I might get another bottle and give it some age. (1459 views)
 Tasted by gfish on 2/20/2015 & rated 91 points: This was the last bottle from a batch bought in 2010. It's been interesting to see this Champagne evolve over time.

The extra time it sat didn't diminish it but it didn't add anything either. Overall for this batch the 1st 1-2 years saw the biggest (& best) changes as it integrated.
- Good bead on the wine. Golden apple & pear were predominant on the nose & palate. Well integrated wood notes which added some complexity were present as well. (1396 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 1/22/2015 & rated 92 points: This never disppoints. (2220 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 1/9/2015: very nice, crisp apple, hints of brioche, perhaps slightly short on the finish as pointed out by Yas (2156 views)
 Tasted by Machiavelli on 12/31/2014: NYE with Cathy. Fine mousse. Lemon, apples, brioche on the nose. High acid, balanced, very easy to drink in a good way. Still youthful. (2046 views)
 Tasted by honest bob on 12/31/2014 & rated 88 points: From 75cl, perfect if shrunken crown cork. As previously noted, but tonight the rather heavy dosage (9g? really?) dominated. Showed best immediately after opening, at fridge temperature. As it warmed up, the designation "Brut" became very relative (demi-sec, anyone?) Good juice nonetheless, with plenty of red apple-led guts. I have rated this higher in the past, but the best I can offer for this bottle is 88P(?) (1998 views)
 Tasted by BrunelloBob on 12/25/2014: Christmas 2014. Excellent, better than the rose, would buy again (1731 views)
 Tasted by MAOC on 12/25/2014: With Christmas Day canapés. Six months of bottle age (unsurprisingly) haven't changed this much. Still primary and young - initially very citrusy on the nose but this soon blossomed into a richer expression with notes of honey, red apple, walnut and toast. The richness carried through onto the palate which felt very Vilmart. However the wine was a touch disjointed vs the vintage bottlings and I expect would be much better after a couple of years. Remains an excellent value NV **1/2 (***) (2135 views)
 Tasted by rnellans on 12/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Excellent. I particularly liked it the following day, when less fizz. Great acidity. Complex flavors. Not a lot of toast. (1446 views)
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By Richard Jennings
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(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; tart pear, apple nose; tasty, very tart pear, tart apple, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir; blend of 2010, 2009 and 2008, with base wine aged 10 months in large oak; disgorged July 2012; more on the austere side than usual for this bottling) 92+ points  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/15/2012)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Very light peach yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles; ripe pear, peach, light cherry nose; very tasty, delicate, tart pear, mineral, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/18/2011)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Very light yellow color with smallish bubbles; delicate, tart pear, tart apple, light peach nose; tasty, with delicacy, tart pear, mineral, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir)  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/26/2011)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; tart baked apple, tart pear, lemon nose; tart pear, lemon palate; medium-plus finish (much weaker than last year's version)  89 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/4/2011)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; lovely, lightly yeasty, tart apple, tart peach nose; tasty, poised, delicate, high pitched, yeasty, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 points
By Terry Theise
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(NV Vilmart & Cie "Cuvée Grand Cellier" Brut) ($79.00) 50% ’08, and 25% each ’07-’06. 70%PN/30%CH. Disgorged 4/10. The wine has always been excellent, but it used to be more starched and not entirely knit, and now it’s silkier. This is certainly among the very best of the last fifteen years, with the clinging flower of ’08 and the warm, honeyed ’06 dancing in graceful counterpoint. Mirabelles and apple sauce against lavender and wisteria, a little more springy than usual, with a refined, incense-y finish.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/9/2011)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Bright light yellow color; nice, minerally, yeasty, tart apple, tart peach nose; tight, tasty, appealing, charming, tart peach, mineral, yeasty palate with balance and precision; medium-plus finish (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/16/2011)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light lemon yellow color; grapefruit, yeasty, dried mushroom, mineral, powdery nose; tasty, elegant, yeasty, tart grapefruit, citrus palate; medium finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/27/2010)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; nice floral, white fruit, apple nose; delicate, floral, tart white fruit, lemon, citrus palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/17/2009)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Yeasty, tart citrus, kumquat nose; tart kumquat, ripe citrus, lime, mineral palate; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/28/2009)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; apple, poached pear nose; tasty, poached pear, apple, mineral palate; medium finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/22/2008)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Apple and spice nose; apple core, tangy palate; short-medium finish  84 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/16/2007)
(NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; complex, very floral, mineral and bright lemon nose; creamy tasty, elegant citrus palate with good acidity; medium finish 93+ pts.  93 points
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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

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France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) 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 wine-making 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 in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

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