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Vilmart "Grand Cellier" 1er Cru - NV

Item # 15018 750mL
$74.96/ Single Bottle
$899.52 $854.54/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Truly a luxury Champagne. It is made from free-run juice only and is a barrel-fermented wine. Rich and luscious, with aromas of orange blossom, mint, herbs and spice, this wine has fullness and great depth of flavor. This is a favorite food wine for it's rich and giving.


Staff Pick Notes

Rich, toasty and opulent. Notes of almond and ripe yellow fruit with a precise minerality. Vilmart has obtained something of a cult status by Champagne lovers everywhere. It is seriously good for the price. A beautiful wine, but what of the producer? This legendary Champagne house was founded by Desiré Vilmart in 1872 and it is now run by Nicole and Rene Champs who took quite a risk by modernizing production methods, particularly by switching away from the traditional fermentation in cement vats to oak barrels. This is prime Champgne territory--right on the 49th parallel--in a quiet, Premier Cru village of Rilly within the Montagne de Reims. This area's chalky, silky limestone soil is among the best in the world. This is your opportunity to experience it.

- EG

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