Grower Champagne focus: Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV France


Vilmart makes some excellent Champagne. I’ve included them as a grower even though technically they aren’t because they source some grapes as well as relying on their own production, but for all intents and purposes, they fit with ‘grower Champagne’ best.

Champagne Vilmart et Cie Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV France
12.5% alcohol. 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Base wine spends 10 months in oak, organically farmed grapes. Bright and lively with pronounced red cherry and citrus fruit. Linear, fruit-driven and very pure with a hint of apple as well as pure lemony fruit. The acid is really well integrated and the sweetness of the dosage rounds everything up beautifully. Really nice balance. 93/100 (£30 The Wine Society, Virgin Wines)

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