Vilmart 'Grand Cellier' Brut Cuvee NV
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Item Number: 11631
Wine Spectator 95
"Vibrant, finely cut acidity structures this seamlessly integrated version, with layered flavors of poached apple, quince, honey and candied ginger. Drink now through 2023.- The Wine Spectator"
Robert Parker 92
"The NV Brut Cuvee Grand Cellier possesses gorgeous intensity in its piercing notes of lemon, white flowers and spices. Smoky, floral notes continue to emerge as the wine shows off its class and sheer energy. This is a great showing from the Grand Cellier. The Grand Cellier is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. This release is based on 2008, with reserve wines from 2007 and 2006. The fruit is sourced from Les Hautes Greves and Les Basses Greves, both in Rilly la Montagne. Dosage is 10 grams per liter. Disgorged May 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015. "
" Disgorged 5/09, a blend of 50% 2007 and the balance 25% each 06 and 05; 70% CH 30%
PN, aged 10 months in foudres; I dont remember a better bottling of this; remarkably
swank and filigree and articulate; a tiny bit drier (and thus more lobster-stock-ish); you
know, this is one of Champagnes great basic wines; it has the salt-sweet of a miso-glaze
and the umami savor of saffron, yet theres also a basil Provencal note; really its a clove
and nutmeg and rusk and lobstery mosh-pit of fizz.
It was so good it made us laugh, the way certain wines can. We were looking at the
stained-glass panels and suddenly I got the giggles. I kept wondering why all the scenes
in these panels depict religious images or else bounteous agricultural pictures; I mean,
why not show some hapless peasant being flogged or a dog humping some guys leg?
We know it must have happened. So I giggled and felt really evil. Last year I had a mystical
reverie sitting in the very same spot and looking at the very same things, and this
year I was like in the 7th grade again." ~ Winery notes
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