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.
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.
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.
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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
(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
(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)
(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.