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Vilmart Grand Cellier 1er Cru Brut MV
70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Vilmart is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest champagne producers of any type in the region. The Grand Cellier Premier Cru is full-bodied, well-structure, fresh and lively. A perfect wine for dinner or when relaxing outside.
"Laurent Champs has run this family estate in the Montagne de Reims since 1989 when he took over as the fifth generation. He uses complete barrel fermentation in a range of sizes, and malo is routinely blocked. High proportions of Chardonnay are used here, unusual given the Montagne’s general reputation for Pinot Noir. All 11 ha (27 acres) are in Rilly with small parcels in Villers-Allerand too. This is 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Base 2015, plus 50% reserve wines. All from Rilly, lieu-dit Les Hautes-Grèves. Fermented in large oak caks and ageing 10 months before bottling. Dosage 8 g/l. Very fresh and aromatic. Really quite delicate. Definitely transparent in a 21st-century style. Rather distinctive." Jancis Robinson