The wine has sorted out. It is rich, it is balanced, but the flavors are not particularly appealing to me. My thought is that this is the terroir coming out. It is not for nothing that villages are rated in terms of the quality of the grapes they produce. The underlying grapes here are from Rilly, and 100% rated it is not. But the concentration is certainly there as is the balance.
This is gross. I half-suspect some goût de lumière here from the nose, but I also think this is a malformed and contorted Champagne where the acids ate holes in the oak and then mercilessly slaughtered the oncoming waves of yeast whose savaged bodies piled in a ravens' feast - and those ravens got incorporated into the mix too.
I had high hopes for this super rare luxury cuvée, but it was not to be. Seemingly fully mature in that easy going Vilmart way, but fairly simple and almost sweet. Notes of pie dough and flowers are enticing but not much intensity or length, and lacking acidity. Pleasant but slight.
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