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Vilmart et Cie, Champagne Grand Cellier Brut NV


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Do you want a hug? A glass of Vilmart might just be the next best thing. Powerful yet yielding, comforting and in control, this wine has the ability to transport you to a better place. A robust 70% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Noir from 50% 2016 50% 2015-2014 in the Village of Rilly la Montagne 1er Cru. The wine sees an extensive 30+ months on sur latte, after 10 months in large used barrel, allowing the edged to seamlessly meld and concentrate the fruit and mineral into a mouthwatering decadent experience.


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Vilmart is on the Burgundian end of the Champagne spectrum. Older examples of his top wines come to taste a lot like a mature Chevalier-Montrachet with fermentation and aging in barrels. But unlike a true C-M Vilmart blocks the malos, retaining great mineral tension. Aside from their rosé, the wines are dominated by Chardonnay—and not the pencil-lead Chardonnay of the Côte des Blancs, but the more generous Chard that you get on the Montagne de Reims where the black grapes tend to be more dominant.

More important than these ""technical"" details, Vilmart is obsessed with good vineyard work, has plenty of low-yielding older vines, and happens to make really delicious wines. Taste and you will learn. And if you have already learned, you will almost certainly want to taste some more!

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"The NV Grand Cellier (2015 base) is pure class. Creamy and exquisitely layered, the Grand Cellier remains light on its feet and vibrant. Orchard fruit, spice, pastry crust and white flowers build nicely in the glass in a Champagne of exquisite balance. This release is based on 2015, with 25% 2014 and 25% 2013 reserve wines. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Disgorged: November, 2018." -Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker

RP 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."


D 91
"This blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir is vinified entirely in the larger size oak barrels known as foudres, and it’s typically a blend of three vintages. Rich in texture yet elegantly carried, and it ages with remarkable grace. Drinking Window 2015 - 2025" -Peter Liem

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"A classy Champagne, with a lovely, viscous creaminess on the palate, carrying finely detailed flavors of peach skin, spring blossom, steeped raspberry and slivered almond. Long and mouthwatering, with a well-spiced finish." -Alison Napjus

Wine Enthusiast

WE 89
"This ripe, fruity offering has great depth of flavor. Vilmart is known for rich wines like this, with a high proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend. It's full with a good balance of dosage and a crisp finish."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

cépage 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
assemblage 2016, 2015, 2014
village/vyd Rilly-la-Montagne 1er Cru; Hautes Grèves
— Clay and limestone
malo No
élevage 10 Months in large foudre
sur latte 30+ Months
dégorgement December 2018 (8)


  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay , Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied


Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Sophie Hudson

Every drop was amazing! Vilmart is one of our favorites!