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2008 Vilmart et Cie Grand Cellier D'Or Brut
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

(made from 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir, from a single site; aged for ten months in four-to-six-year-old barrels before bottling and then aged on its lees for 41 months; disgorged in December, 2012):  Green-tinged yellow.  Bright mineral- and smoke-accented aromas of candied citrus fruits, fresh pear and fig, with a suave floral overtone.  Tight, racy and precise, offering vibrant pear, orange and honeysuckle flavors that put on weight with air.  Finishes on an emphatic mineral note, with lingering florality and excellent length.

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