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White - Sparkling
2007 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée Champagne Blend
5/7/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Wines and Grill (Chicago, IL): Disgorged March 2014, 80% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir. This is a pretty large-scaled champagne, with plenty of ripeness and built from very large building blocks. The fruit is quite powerful here, with some slight peach notes. Great taut acidity with a lot of palate presence too -- this has seen some oak and has swallowed it with ease. One of the best 2007 champagnes I've had.
  • Yme commented:

    5/29/16, 1:43 PM - Hi Acyso. I think you got the figures the other way round as Coeur de Cuvee tend to be Chardonnay dominated. I really enjoyed the sample I had at Vilmart and I agree with your observation it took the oak well. It is one serious and elegant wine. I bought a few bottles back and am looking forward to its evolution.

Red
2008 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/10/2014 - Yme wrote:
Quite a tasty Sangiovese. Deep but clear ruby. Relatively fragrant and structured nose of red cherries and plums with light touches of summer flowers, earth, oak and woody spices. Medium plus bodied with medium plus tannins. Noticeable alcohol. Palate similar to nose though much better once decanted. Was initially tasted after it was left in an open bottle for an hour. Much better with the aroma and flavour profiles described once decanted and allowed to breath. Still young and I believe has the stuffings to last for a fair few years yet to continue evolving. Would recommend decanting for at least an hour if not two at the moment.
  • Yme commented:

    11/4/14, 11:56 PM - Hi Mulligan. FWIW it was still quite primary (for my palate) and with the intensity of the fruit, tannins, avidity etc , I think it could easily keep for 10+ years. I would decant your half bottle if drinking at this stage.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut Champagne Blend
10/18/2014 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Stunning champagne. Cork date disgorged 09/13. What a beauty - great concentration of lemon zest on the palate, really explodes in the mouth. Gosh, this must be one of THE best champagnes in terms of value selling at €28 directly at Vilmart. I picked these up last month, not sure anymore if I bought 12 or 18, I hope the latter. This drinks very well now, and I am very positive that it will only improve with age. This is on top form and I am of the firm believe that it rivals if not surpasses a Krug NV or LP Grand Siecle making it one of the best NV champagnes. If you love champagne, don't miss this.
  • Yme commented:

    10/19/14, 4:08 PM - Shhhh, not so loud! I prefer the world not to find out that Laurent Champs makes excellent bubblies 😉. I also enjoyed his Grand Cellier d'Or and his Coeur de Cuvee is elegance personified. Hope you bought 18. Take care.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut Champagne Blend
5/26/2014 - Yme wrote:
2011 base with wine from 2009 & 2010. 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir.

Again, an elegant and balanced wine with nice, seductive bubbles in it. Elegant mouthfeel with notes of toast, citrus, yeast, green apples and grapefruit. longish length. Nice NV indeed.
  • Yme commented:

    7/9/14, 11:05 PM - Hi. The info was what I heard (or thought I heard) from Laurent Champs. There were a fair few of us in his cellar at that time so I may have misheard. I thought this must have been recently disgorged but I did not have a chance to clarify. Truthfully, I enjoyed the tasting too much that I forgot!

Red
2003 Torbreck Shiraz The Struie Barossa Valley
7/9/2014 - Yme wrote:
very nice indeed. Black fruits, smoke and leather nose. Medium plus body with integrating tannins. Plenty of smooth black fruits, leather, smoke, mint and oak on the long palate. Plenty of life left with the intensity of the fruit, noticeable tannins and high acidity levels.
  • Yme commented:

    7/9/14, 1:51 PM - Hi. I opened the bottle several hours before drinking and did not decant. The wine continued to open up throughout the meal and evening. I would decant if sharing with 4+ others but if drinking on own or with 1-2 others, I think what I did is sufficient. I enjoyed the wine's development in the glass over the meal / evening. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
12/13/2013 - N.Bonaparte wrote:
95 points
I popped the question (she said yes) then popped this open. This is outstanding. Perfect balance. Long finish. This is a medium bodied champagne. My only critique is this is not perfectly weightless. At this price point, dare I say good value!?
  • Yme commented:

    12/13/13, 9:08 PM - Congratulations!

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
9/27/2013 - Yme wrote:
Gained some steel and weight since we tasted it last year. The nose and palate are still packed with plenty of citrus, baked apples, biscuit, butter, parsley and nuts. A little less elegance and more power compared to a year ago. Very nice.
  • Yme commented:

    9/27/13, 11:38 PM - That was our conclusion as well. This is still a relatively young bubbly and has plenty of stuffing to go far.

Red
2004 Château Durfort-Vivens Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/8/2010 - Yme wrote:
90 points
Very clear and dark. Pepper and dark fruits on the nose. Still a bit closed despite double decanting (1 hour & back into bottle). Still tight but could taste plenty of dark fruits. Tannic but has a good balance. Medium to long length. Much more expressive once passed through a venturi. We really enjoyed this bottle and it went very well with minted lamb chops .
  • Yme commented:

    5/10/10, 3:16 PM - Had the other 1/2 of the bottle the next day and wow... a lot more expressive, both on the nose and in the mouth. Whilst we were nursing the wine, cajoling it along on the 1st day; we had to slow ourselves down on the 2nd day as it was very delicious. Would recommend decanting a new bottle at least 2 hours, if not 4 at this moment.

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