Vilmart & Cie Champagne Brut 1er Cru Grand Cellier d'Or 2014

93+ Vinous

$94.97

Description

Country: France

Region: Champagne

Variety: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir

Terroir: 50 year old vines; north facing slopes

Winemaking: manual harvest; aged ten months on oak barrels; 42 months on lies in cellar after bottling; no malolactic fermentation

The 11 exclusively Premier Cru hectares of the Vilmart vineyard are located in the Rilly-la-Montagne terroir. The proximity of the plots and unity of place, a particular feature in Champagne, allows the vines to be tended with particular care.

The Vilmart vineyard is also notable for its mix of varietals: a majority of Chardonnay (60%), with the remaining 40% planted to Pinot Noir.

This proportion is highly unusual for the region, essentially planted to Pinot Noir and Meunier. The estate’s vines are on average 35 years old. Grapes from the oldest vines, which are 60 years old, are reserved for crafting Coeur de Cuvée and Blanc de Blancs champagnes.

– Vilmart & Cie

Vinous 93+
The 2014 Grand Cellier d’Or is stellar. Bright, focused and articulate, the 2014 speaks with class and pedigree to burn. I especially admire the wine’s balance. Hints of orange peel, spice, vanillin and a hint of chamomile lend nuance in a creamy, wonderfully articulate Champagne. The balance of energy and textural richness is compelling. I would give the 2014 at least a few years to be at its best. Exquisite and alluring, the 2014 Grand Cellier d’Or is one of the standouts in this range. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: June, 2018.

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