(70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir, mostly from 2010 and the rest from 2009 and 2008; aged for 16 months on its lees and disgorged in November, 2012): Green-tinged yellow. Fresh pear, nectarine and honeysuckle aromas are complemented by smoky minerals and gingery spices. Deep, chewy orchard fruit flavors are brightened by hints of Meyer lemon and orange zest and firmed by a note of smoky minerality. Powerful but elegant brut with juicy acidity providing strong finishing lift and bite.
Light yellow with a fine bead. An exotically perfumed bouquet offers scents of pear nectar, orange, honeydew, toasty lees and minerals. Suave, palate-coating orchard and pit fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and, picking up notes of allspice and cinnamon with air. At once creamy and nervy, showing seductive spiciness and a hint of sweetness on the back end. Very rich but by no means heavy, thanks to its strong finishing cut and minerality and striking clarity.
Very pale yellow color. Subtly complex aromas of honeysuckle and toast. Round, frothy and bright, with subtle sweetness, impeccable balance and a lovely light touch. Complex flavors of citrus skin, poached pear, minerals, toast and spices. Seems a bit lighter in weight than a bottle I tried a year ago, but this is suave, shapely and long, with lovely lingering sweetness of fruit.
Best Champagne I have ever tasted
By Port293055, September 21, 2012
This champagne was a gift for a special occasion. I enjoy drinking champagne and this was a very nice surprise! I will purchase this wine again.
Best NV Champagne Value
By Hardwick13662310, March 03, 2011
Vilmart has become "the" hot champagne for collectors; consistently high quality in the bottle is why. This NV is a wonderful intro to the house style. Very crisp, clean, and (with a little time on the cork) complex, with ripe fruit and leesy mineral notes. And all from premier-cru sites. Hint: look for the disgorgment date on the lower-right corner of the FRONT label...give it at least 3-4 years!
Average rating: 4.67(3 ratings)