Grand Cellier Brut NV

75cl Champagne Vilmart Chardonnay, Pinot Noir France > Champagne Sparkling
Grand Cellier Brut is the luxury non-vintage, from 70% Montagne de Reims 1er Cru Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. It shows great finesse and complexity on both nose and palate and is extremely elegant overall."Nowhere else did I find such crystal-clear fruit, perfectly poised and with such great depth. The small house of Vilmart & Cie is one of the region’s best kept secrets." Dr Phillip Blom, Decanter

Tom Stevenson, renowned expert on the wines of Champagne, said of Vilmart in 1991 that they produced the very best Grower’s Champagne. In 2005, he reiterated that point, and added that he considered them to be the finest of all the ten biodynamic producers in the region. Champagne Vilmart was founded in Rilly in 1872 by Desire Vilmart. Laurent Champs took over the estate in 1990, and introduced the practice of new oak barrel ageing for the top cuvees and with a series of outstanding wines, brought Vilmart to the attention of the international wine market. Today, Vilmart own and organically work 11 hectares of prime premier cru vineyards in and around the village of Rilly. Plantings of Chardonnay total 7 hectares with 3 hectares of Pinot Noir and the balance Pinot Meunier. Annual production is small, with an average of 8500 cases per year (about the same as Veuve produce in a week, or Moet in 36 hours!). Laurent considers himself a vintner first and subsequently a producer of Champagne, ensuring he has quality wines in the first place before commencing with the second fermentation.

"A beautifully textured elegant Champagne with subtle notes of brioche, rounded fruits, and a refined acidity throughout. Yum! "

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