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| ||Tasted by sfqwino on 5/31/2014 & rated 93 points: This is delicious and seriously good. Nice weight and depth, yet with good tension from the acidic backbone. Still young, but already showing good amount of complexity and nuances. Very enjoyable. (993 views)|
| ||Tasted by rnellans on 12/9/2013 & rated 93 points: Light gold. Great nose of ripe apple, pear with minimal brioche. Lovely on the palate with great length, depth and balance. Long, slightly sweet fruit finish. This is really good now, but will probably get even better with age. (1500 views)|
| ||Tasted by awilliamson4 on 12/2/2013 & rated 93 points: Really great from what i remember…everyone really enjoyed it. (1380 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 11/26/2012 & rated 92 points: A lovely wine to toast the brand new CellarTracker site.|
Lacy, light and airy. It was a bit flat and even felt a little ox'ed when first opened, but with some air and cooled down a bit it was positively electric. Stone and lemon curd on the mid-palate. Pith and grapefruit on a bittersweet finish. Yum! (4506 views)
| ||Tasted by Alex H on 8/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Fresh apples and green chili with touch of fresh biscuits. Very fresh racy style. Young alive and kicking. A monilithic pure expression. Needs time (3006 views)|
| ||Tasted by Paul S on 8/25/2012 & rated 93 points: Ming's Birthday (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): It was a privilege to have this beautiful Champagne for the second time in one year. While still really young, it was a smashing start to the dinner. Such an nose interesting here, with wafting scents of sour plums and slightly browned apples, some exotic spice notes reminiscent of green chili and tamarinds, a touch of vanilla and finally a drift of stony mineral accents. A really interesting, complex nose. The palate was no slouch either. Fresh from the bottle, it was very racy, with an energetic bead and livewire acidity springing through mellow appley flavours and brighter tones of lemon and lime peel. There was clearly plenty of substance, but it was just a bit one dimensional at first. With time though, a fleshier white-fruited background started emerging on the midpalate and a nice nutty, yeasty note started coming out as well. Finally, the little spicy notes picked up on the nose reverberated all the way at the finish - green chilis and peppercorns again, drifting away into the distance. This was such a nice, mouthwatering start to the dinner. Yummy, complex and interesting, and a superb pairing with chilled jellyfish in sesame oil too. Still very younthful though, it started out a bit slow and only really showed its chops as it warmed up and took on some air. It should pick up more depth and weight with time in the bottle and should make a beautiful Champagne in 3-4 years. (2737 views)|
| ||Tasted by mmurry on 6/10/2012 & rated 94 points: Yeast and floral notes on the nose, with apple and pear, and some baking spice at the end. Yeast and spice on the palate, with apple and pear on the mid-palate, and a good floral finish. (2004 views)|
| ||Tasted by wineismylife on 6/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Saturdays at One - Farewell to mmurry!: WIML90|
Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with light beading. Nose of ash, ocean breeze and a bit of bread. Flavors of lemon, lime and tart yellow fruits. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (2337 views)
| ||Tasted by Paul S on 5/31/2012 & rated 93 points: Milton's Birthday Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): A brilliant Champagne. While not everyone on the table agreed, I preferred this ever so slightly to the excellent 2000 Dom Perignon that was served alongside. I thought this had a beautiful nose, with lots of lovely toffee and dried coconut notes, some topical pineapple hints - almost pineapple-tart aromas with little pastry notes along with some sweet, dried pineapple scents - and then red apples and some floral perfume and, finally, more savoury notes of white meat and touch of earth. A very expressive, complex nose for a Champagne this young. The palate was beautiful too. Here, a very vigorous bead and some mouthwatering acidity gave it a great sense of liveliness and energy as it zipped through the attack with lovely pure flavours of pears and apples touched with a little lemon and more pineapple notes on the midpalate. It was all wonderfullly integrated - bright and fresh, with a great sense of focus and precision, yet coming across as one nicely rounded whole. Lovely length on the back-palate too, where little pinpricks of minerality and a hint of spice tailing away in a long, detailed finish. A lovely wine. While it was delicious on the day, and will probably remain so from this point on throughout the rest of its life, it still clearly has its best days ahead of it. This was the last vintage where Vilmart made a Cuvée Creation I believe - a bit of a waste given how good this bottle was. (1523 views)|
| ||Tasted by pointrob on 5/14/2012 & rated 94 points: this is now my favourite champagne,|
first time tasting a champagne that has that Burgundy nose of faint barnyard with so many bubbles. Still too young however i had to try one as this is the last Cuvee Creation
The other 2 i shall wait a few more years.
Spectacular wine though (1099 views)
| ||Tasted by Hawko on 4/12/2012 & rated 94 points: Best champagne I've had from this vintage. Shame it wasn't made thereafter.... (1415 views)|
| ||Tasted by drycab on 2/8/2012: Candied and thin, not at all what I expected. Honeyed and a little odd, maybe a little mistreated in transit. (1316 views)|
| ||Tasted by BackroadsPDX on 1/29/2012 & rated 92 points: I was too busy letting my imagination wander whilst sipping this Champagne to keep any detailed notes, but I do remember being impressed with the sheer complexity of the nose on this one. Aromas I have rarely smelled in any wine and hard to put a finger on. All I know is they made me smile. :) (1467 views)|
| ||Tasted by spacewrangler on 1/21/2012 & rated 93 points: Impressive as usual, featuring almost a blackberry type fruit on the finish. Interesting, considering the wine is predominantly Chardonnay. The usual honeyed/candied fruit is laced with vanilla, impeccably crafted and weightless on the palate. One to seek. (1400 views)|
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/18/2011 & rated 92 points: 2011 Terry Theise Grower-Producer Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting (Ame Restaurant, San Francisco, California): Light yellow color with small-to-medium bubbles; nice baked apple, yeasty nose; tasty, poised, youthful, tart apple, pear, baked apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir; 9 years on lees) (2717 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 6/3/2011: Lovely, rich, creamy Champagne with a fair bit of detail and class. It has a very fine bead, is lively and quite complex and finishes with good cut. (1544 views)|
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|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159
(Vilmart et Cie Cuvee Creation Vintage) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Brad Baker|
Champagne Warrior, September 2011, Issue #12, Champagne Tasting Notes
(Vilmart Cuvée Création) Login and sign up and see review text.
|By Peter Liem|
(Vilmart & Cie. Cuvée Création Brut Premier Cru) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Richard Jennings|
(Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Creation) Light yellow color with small-to-medium bubbles; nice baked apple, yeasty nose; tasty, poised, youthful, tart apple, pear, baked apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir; 9 years on lees) 92 points
|By Terry Theise|
Terry Theise Estate Selections, 2011 Champagne Catalog (6/1/2011)
(Vilmart & Cie "Cuvée Création" Brut) ($141.00) Disgorged 2/10. Slight reduction at first, and then has a candied edgy quality this cuvée sometimes shows; it’s not as fondue as the rest of the range. The palate is lively in a sweet-tart and firmly angular way. It has more fiber, more crust, but it softens in the glass and resolves into a seductively balsam-y finish. The final finish of this almost extinct wine...
Vilmart & Cie Producer website
Champagne BlendThe 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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