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Vilmart & Cie

Vilmart is one of those producers that are hard to resist when looking at a wine list. They tend to be spendy but if the sommelier runs low margin on Champagnes (which I prefer to do) then you can get it at a more reasonable price.

from Montagne de Reims in champagne was established in 1890. It is run by the fifth generation of the family, Laurent Champs. Most of their vineyard holding are in Rilly-la-Montagne and consist of about 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. They do not buy fruit and control all of their own vineyards. Organic farming is a priority. I do not love oak to be used in every Champagne but with a standout producer and/or high quality vintage it can be a game changer. The 2007 Cœur de Cuvée is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. It’s from a Premier Cru called Les Blanches Voies Hautes. The wine spends 10 months in oak. 11+ years later this wine is showing beautifully. The oak is a welcoming accessory adding a touch of nutty baking spice notes. None of the over the top oxidative notes you can get with some oaked Champagnes. There is plenty of acid and freshness with a well rounded mouthfeel. Definitely a more serious #Champagne you can enjoy with your entire meal.

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