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!
What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...
cépage 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noirassemblage 2016, 2015, 2014village/vyd Rilly-la-Montagne 1er Cru; Hautes Grèves— Clay and limestonemalo Noélevage 10 Months in large foudresur latte 30+ Monthsdégorgement December 2018 (8)
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