Really like their entry level NV stuff, but this bottle was something extra-ordinary. Last tasted at the winery many years ago, it is still as fresh now as it was then. Blend of 80% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir. Beautifully balanced fruit, oak and acidity. Deep, rich, full-flavoured and incredibly complex. Long, powerful finish. If you want a champagne moment then grab a bottle of this. Drinkng well now but will last a decade or more. Spectacular!
2002 Champagne and Burgundy dinner with Eric (Chez Billy Sud - Washington DC): For me very interesting and unique champagne. Very ripe sweet fruits that reminds me Pieropan passito without sugar, sweet spices, brioche, toffee, sour candy and honey. Sweet and sour yellow pit fruit driven palate impression, good density, bright acidity and sweet and sour medium finish. Very enjoyable but pretty much ready to go. Not showing much precision.
lovely burnished light golden color.Profuse fine persistent bead. Nose offers up brioche, Granny Smith apples, spice and rock. The wine explodes on palate with mouth filling flavors. Bone dry with super minerality. Long long finish. Amazing sparkler.
Tasted blind. Lovely nose of brioche, cantaloupe and raisins. Superbly rich and balanced, very fine mousse. I had no problem nailing this one. Only Vilmart combines fruit, minerality and acidity so perfectly.
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(Vilmart & Cie "Coeur de Cuvée" Brut) ($153.00) I hope you got some of this already sold out wine. I didn’t! And I’m consumed with self-pity about it. Disgorged 2/10. It has the dosage Laurent and I agreed on a year ago. It also has an ungoldly aroma; Chinese 5-spice, carrots sweating in butter, lemon honey, macadamias, and an edge of white iris freshness that will go truffley in time. The palate makes you wonder how wine gets any better. It has astonishing solidity and yet a zephyr of blossoms float over the high skies, and yet it all comes to some kind of loving accord on the finish, Reggiano and sea-scallops and saffron risotto – yet there’s also a green Chartreuse-y note. Head-shaking. There’s even a flavor of pumpkin pie, and the finish establishes a colony on your palate. By the way, notwithstanding my subjective preference for the galvanic freshness of the 2001, there’s no questioning the massive impact of this wine. It will go the greater distance.
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