• Frank Murray III wrote:

    May 25, 2022 - Tasting with Laurent Champs of Vilmart (In Rilly la Montagne): Disgorged July 2013. Laurent, being the attentive and considerate soul that he is, remembered how much I am enamored with the 2006. And, of the heart that he moves from, he blinded me with this wine from the oenotheque. Man, this is such a great wine. Good color remains, delicious, still honeyed and rich yet in really perfect balance. My gut tells me this is entering the prime drinking window. I still have one bottle in the cellar, a wine I will cherish and open for the right occasion.

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  • Elvis1969 Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 23, 2021 - Semi-blind magnum tasting.

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  • brigcampbell wrote:

    July 10, 2021 - Blind by FMIII (Maison - Dana Point): Blind: guessed Pinot noir and thought it might be a Vilmart.

    The nose was muted on this but there was an unusual herb note, not in a bad way, just not something you'd associate with a champagne. The pallet also showed a touch of anise and the bubbles were super fine. The finish was strong Red Berry which led me to believe that it was predominantly Pinot noir. This is a fan favorite.

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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    July 8, 2021 - Blind Tasting with the guys (Maison Cafe in Dana Point, CA): Forgot to get the disgorgement info off the back label. This was the WOTN for everyone at the table. The freshness and structure on this wine fooled the table, as they guessed the wine to be far younger than it actually is. Tangerine and green apple form around a citrusy core, with the chalk coming through into the finish. One guy at the table called this 'elegant' and I would agree. There is a a great amount of complexity and depth in this wine, and with air the slate and lime really come through and shine. At 15 years old, this is fresh and lively, yet balanced with great further potential. What a beautiful bottle of CdC!

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  • RED AND BLACK wrote: 93 points

    April 3, 2021 - Quick notes, had with friends. Really nice champagne, not in the style of the grand marques for sure. The 80% chardonnay is clear, and it has great freshness and strong presence on palate. Surely more a wine than a traditional champagne, but damn good!

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  • millej wrote:

    January 22, 2021 - Opened while listening to Biden's inauguration speech.

    Powerful Champagne, bright effervesence, tart appley. At first pour it's harsh and needs more time and/or air. I look forward to following this over the course of the day. It showed best from a Zalto Champagne glass which masked the harshness and emphasized the minerality.

    Some lovely floral notes emerged over the course of the first hour.

    A few hours later it's showing best from a Zalto Universal but still not expressing all that much. Disappointing.

    Day 2: better but still pretty tightly wound. Impressively long finish.

    Day 3: Finally!
    This is a fantastic Champagne which obviously needs a lot of time. It now displays an explosive melding of huge rocks, chalk and sweet citrus fruit.
    But rather than open my remaining bottles 2 days in advance I think I'll just let them sit for a few years.

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  • Mbad77 wrote: 92 points

    January 9, 2021 - Excellent bottle and typical of the house. This was perhaps softer and more open than a couple of others I’ve had. Rich in style like a less powerful, acidic Krug and very much ready to go and delicious. Very easy to drink.

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  • larsth wrote: 93 points

    December 31, 2020 - Great balance and just delicious now.

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  • vulgar little monkey wrote: 92 points

    December 24, 2020 - While this bottle was very good, it performed at the minimum level I would expect from this wine. I guess I was expecting the 2007 except with some more mature notes and it was a different wine entirely. Less exuberant in it's fruit expression and more finely drawn. Very well balanced and with that lovely balanced mouthfeel this cuvée always seems to have. I get the feeling I may have enjoyed this more had I been served it blind. Let it be a lesson, don't let expectations get in the way of experience.

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  • RolfT wrote: 92 points

    July 17, 2020 - This was a nice bottle of bdb even though I'm not a big fan of the style. Reminded me of Comtes de Champagne, more complex but also a bit rustic.