Since its inception in the late 19th century, Vilmart & Cie has always been a grower Champagne house working exclusively with estate owned vines. This intimacy of their land is now embodied in winemaker Laurent Champs, who represents the 5th generation of the family to run the domaine. Most of their holdings reside in the Premier Cru sites of Rilly-la-Montagne and Villers-Allerand in the Montagne de Reims. The house style here calls for wines to be fermented and aged in oak barrels of various sizes; and never undergo malolactic fermentation. An 80/20 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, ‘Coeur de Cuvée’ represents Vilmart’s top wine and is sourced exclusively from 60 year old vines in Rilly-la-Montagne.
Notes from Vilmart & Cie:
“Its straw-yellow color is accompanied with a fine persistent mousse crowning the disc with a fine and harmonious cord. On the nose, the first aromas are very complex and awake the senses. After a few moments, with much delicacy, subtle notes of flowers and fresh fruit are married with more subtle lemony flavors. The nose is both elegant and powerful, which indicates a wine of great complexity and a beautiful harmony. Once in your mouth, aromas of butter, "crème brûlée" and spices blossom awaken taste buds. It is a gourmand and generous wine with an exceptional freshness. After several minutes of tasting, the complexity and the scarcity of this wine give us an explosion of flavors in the mouth, with a dominant citrus fruit and some salinity on the finish, a real aromatic symphony. Such an incredible personality for this Champagne! This vivacious wine lets your mind wander from bubbles to aromas, that may open our heart.”