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Vilmart
We wrapped-up our Champagne winery visits with a quick stop at Vilmart. The wines here were pretty good, and we did get a quick looksy-loo inside the barrel room, but the staff seemed somewhat distracted thereafter, popping in the tasting room every few minutes to pour the next wine before going back out into the office to deal with walk-in customers and/or administrative stuff; I suppose this was for the better, in the end, as the woman who was pouring our wines was wearing a noticeable amount of perfume — rather perplexing for somebody who’s pouring wines for guests. Not many extra little tidbits here, as very few were were given to us.

- The grapes for Vilmart’s wines come entirely from their own Premier Cru vineyards.
- Fermentation and ageing is done in oak casks for 10 months prior to blending and also the secondary fermentation.

[u]The TN’s[/u]:
  • N.V. Vilmart Champagne Grande Réserve Brut - France, Champagne (10/21/2010)
    – popped and poured –
    – tasted a single glass non-blind over approx. 15 minutes –
    – 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay –

    NOSE: light fruits; mineral; expressive.

    BODY: nearly colorless; fine bead; medium bodied.

    TASTE: intense flavor; sea spray; biscuit; hint of lychee; dry, with nice precision. Pretty darned good for an entry-level offering.



  • N.V. Vilmart Champagne Grand Cellier - France, Champagne (10/21/2010)
    – popped and poured –
    – tasted a single glass non-blind over approx. 15 minutes –
    – 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir –

    NOSE: toastier Nose than the Grand Reserve; hint of hard salami; a bit more complex than the Grand Reserve.

    BODY: pale golden yellow color; fine persistent bead; (forgot to note wine’s weight).

    TASTE: expressive flavors: marzipan; white orchard fruits; medium length finish with fine cut; not fat.




  • 2004 Vilmart Champagne Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru - France, Champagne (10/21/2010)
    – popped and poured –
    – tasted a single glass non-blind over approx. 15 minutes –
    – 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir –

    NOSE: intense Nose; couldn’t quite pick-out the fruits; odd wet glue scent, too.

    BODY: pale golden yellow color; fine bead was moderately persistent; medium bodied.

    TASTE: intense honeyed flavors; a bit lacking in complexity; I did prefer this over the Grand Reserve and Grand Cellier, but the significantly higher price tag on this one makes it an inferior value to the other two, in my opinion.



  • 2001 Vilmart Champagne Coeur de Cuvée - France, Champagne (10/21/2010)
    – popped and poured –
    – tasted a single glass non-blind over approx. 15 min –
    – 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir –

    NOSE: intense & complex Nose; minerals galore; glue; some sea spray; hint of oak.

    BODY: pale golden yellow color with a slight tan hue; (forgot to note wine’s weight).

    TASTE: rich flavor of light tropical fruits; dry, precise. Our favorite of the tasting. The grapes for this wine are a selection from Vilmart’s oldest vines from their two best vineyards. Fermented and aged in new oak barrels.



We drank our bottle of the N.V. Grand Reserve on our last night in Priorat:
  • N.V. Vilmart Champagne Grande Réserve Brut - France, Champagne (11/4/2010)
    – popped and poured –
    – tasted non-blind over a couple hours –
    – 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay –

    NOSE: delicate floral Nose; banana-oak; Runts candy; light tropical fruits.

    BODY: white gold color; loose bead; medium-light bodied.

    TASTE: fatter than the Billiot Brut; sweet; pineapple; papaya; other non-descript tropical fruits.

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