White - Sparkling

N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut

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  • France
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  • Champagne Premier Cru
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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    September 27, 2021 - Opened yesterday, saved a few ounces for today with some of the CO2 still maintained but this is more still today than bubbly. I've had this disgorgement twice now--September 2018--and the richness on this bottle is evident, yet the acidity as usual is here to keep it fresh. This has an intriguing mix of fruits (mango, pineapple, tangerine, apple) with intense flavor of honeyed lime, exotic in taste when married together. And it might sound odd in a wine that I describe as exotic to have a mouthwatering quality yet this bottle shows that kind of tactical sensation. It reminds me of a dried citrus finish, the lime giving it that quality with added saline in the finish. In sum, this is even better than the bottle 3 weeks ago. Just flat out gorgeous.

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  • acyso wrote:

    September 6, 2021 - I'm on a boat: Unspecified disgorgement/base. Not a huge fan of this today; this bottle seemed to have too much dosage, leading to a pronounced sweetness. Large-scaled as is the case with Vilmart, but this was simply too sweet.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    September 4, 2021 - September 2018 disgorgement. 70% Chard, 30% Pinot Noir. This bottle has a distinct floral nose, almost a honeysuckle with orange blossom, toast and saline. Beautiful core of lime, orange flesh, honeyed pippin apple and a cool minerality that carries through the finish. This is just flat out killer right now with the citrus. Gorgeous.

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  • grafstrb wrote:

    August 30, 2021 - -- popped and poured --
    -- tasted non-blind over approx. 2 hrs. --
    -- 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir --
    -- December 2016 disgorgement --

    NOSE: initially tight; moderate breadiness; "winey"; light apple; fairly straightforward.

    BODY: gold leaf color of medium intensity; medium-light bodied.

    TASTE: medium+ richness; medium+ to high acidity; baking spices evidence the bottle age; yellow apple --- not oxidized apple flavor; could handle more age nicely; this is in a very nice spot, and seems to have improved with bottle age. gut impression score: 91 - 92.

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  • rocknroller wrote:

    August 28, 2021 - Annual Wine Group Summer Event - BBQ Brisket at Siggy's (Siggy & Jenny's Place, Mpls, MN): Small taste. Brief note; just had this a few days ago and this bottle was right there. Maybe not the extra depth and complexity that comes with extra cellar time, but dang, this is good stuff. 92pts.

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    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Very light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; almond, almond cream nose; delicious, almond, almond cream, pear cream palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/3/2013 (link) 92 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru 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

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    10/15/2012 (link) 93 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru 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

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/18/2011 (link) 91 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru 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)

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    9/26/2011 (link) 89 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; tart baked apple, tart pear, lemon nose; tart pear, lemon palate; medium-plus finish (much weaker than last year's version)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/4/2011 (link) 92 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; lovely, lightly yeasty, tart apple, tart peach nose; tasty, poised, delicate, high pitched, yeasty, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

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    (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.

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    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Bright light yellow color; nice, minerally, yeasty, tart apple, tart peach nose; tight, tasty, appealing, charming, tart peach, mineral, yeasty palate with balance and precision; medium-plus finish (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir)

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    1/16/2011 (link) 92 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light lemon yellow color; grapefruit, yeasty, dried mushroom, mineral, powdery nose; tasty, elegant, yeasty, tart grapefruit, citrus palate; medium finish

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    9/27/2010 (link) 92 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; nice floral, white fruit, apple nose; delicate, floral, tart white fruit, lemon, citrus palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

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    10/17/2009 (link) 91 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Yeasty, tart citrus, kumquat nose; tart kumquat, ripe citrus, lime, mineral palate; medium finish 91+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/28/2009 (link) 92 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; apple, poached pear nose; tasty, poached pear, apple, mineral palate; medium finish

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    9/22/2008 (link) 84 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Apple and spice nose; apple core, tangy palate; short-medium finish

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    11/16/2007 (link) 93 points

    (NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut) Light yellow color; complex, very floral, mineral and bright lemon nose; creamy tasty, elegant citrus palate with good acidity; medium finish 93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Vilmart & Cie
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Grand Cellier Brut
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
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  • Appellation Champagne Premier Cru
  • UPC Codes 3468970120000, 400000651101, 4000123415824, 840641121005

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  • Pending Delivery 172 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,980 (38%)
  • Consumed 4,665 (60%)

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