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
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!
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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.