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    1 526
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

Blend: 80 % Chardonnay and 20 % Pinot Noir

Vineyards: Premier Cru sites 

Age of vines: 50 years old

Ageing: 10 months in oak barriques (228 litres), 42 months months on lees. No malolactic fermentation.

Dosage: 7 g/l

Tasting notes:  Intense, golden, lemon and yellow in colour with very fine persistent bubbles. These small pearls give birth on the surface to a beautiful white cord. Melted butter, custard, candled pineapple, cardamom and with pepper are the notes that reach us directly. Then after a few moment, another round of flavors arrives, nuts aromas at first (pralines, hazelnut) followed by mineral notes (chalk, roasted shellfish). The wine is mature, complex with a lot of personality. It still evolves in the glass with cinnamon and gingerbread aromas. The imperceptible dosage and the frank acidity give us a sharp acid / sugar balance extra brut type. The vinosity is expressed through bold and wood. The finish is very long around 10 to 12 seconds and clean, with a nice conclusion on grapefruit and pralines notes.

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Vintage 2016

This year trialled the growers with many climatic hazards from excessive rainfalls to frosts, downy mildew, hail, draught and, finally, sunburn. A cool spring saw late-April frost, which cut volumes early on. Mildew was an issue throughout the region (especially in the Côte des Bar), equally diminishing volumes. July and August were then hot and very dry months and the resultant sunburn reduced the yields further. Ripening was uneven, and Chardonnay especially needed time and was thus considered the most difficult variety for the vintage. Overall volumes were down to 9,163 kg/ha, offering balanced wines with an average potential alcohol of 9.9% and total acidity of 7.4g/l. Fruit-forward, lush wines with vibrant acidity.

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I am highly aware that most fans think that I have a far too small range between momentary points and potential points on this wine. But I do so because I love the explosive, neglected and slightly exotic side with gooseberries, passion fruit and sour caramels that I always find at about this age in Vilmart's vintage wines. Greater depth and roundness with storage? Sure, it is, but will it get better?

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Reims, Champagne

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