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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV
$69 $110 Retail 38 percent off
Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV  - Last Bubbles

Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV For over a century, Vilmart & Cie has produced simply exceptional Champagne – if you don’t know these wines… now is certainly the time!

$69 $110 Retail 38 percent off
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Champagne Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Premier Cru NV  - Last Bubbles
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Flavor Profile:  Toasty nose of hazelnuts and brioche, orchard fruits, mandarin oranges, cherries, lavender, pink peppercorn

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Time on Lees:  36 months

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Disgorgement Date:  March 2020

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Dosage:  8 grams per liter

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Farming Method: Sustainable Practices

Why We Love It...

We don’t get to talk about this enough, but certain Champagnes really are just so much more complex, more carefully integrated, and more thought-provokingly delicious after a couple years “on the cork” post-disgorgement. We snagged access to a parcel of Vilmart disgorged in March of 2020 – when the world was falling apart, remember? – but my oh my, how perfect this is showing here and now!

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Rhetorically, I must ask… is there a more consistent go-to for fine Grower Champagne than Vilmart? This wine resonates a chord so absolutely above its price range, it boggles the mind. I’ve been a super-fan for years, along with many of my most cherished, and hard-core, bubble monster friends. Plenty of critics are diehard lovers of all things Vilmart as well, from Vinous’ Antonio Galloni, to the revered Champagne expert, Peter Liem – who had this to say:

Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest Champagne producers of any type in the region.

So, that settles that! Founded exclusively as a Grower Champagne house (which was quite rare back in 1890), by Désiré Vilmart, Vilmart & Cie Champagne is now firmly rooted in the fifth generation under the guidance of Laurent Champs. Located on the western end of the Grand Montagne (of the Montagne de Reims) in the Premier Cru village of Rilly-la-Montagne, Laurent oversees some 11 hectares of vines – farming organically, with the incorporation of biodynamic practices.

This Grand Cellier Brut is blended roughly to 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir – all fermented and aged in large oak barrels. After blending, the wine spends some 36 months aging on the lees, before a finishing dosage of 8 g/liter. But, like I mentioned earlier, what separates this special bottling is the extra time after dosage…some three and a half years, to be precise! This development in bottle gives the wine a depth and richness that fresh disgorgements simply cannot match, and while such age is not recommended for ALL Champagnes, in this case it is just a perfect match!

The wine pours its typical pale gold, but immediately the nose captivates with toasty notes of hazelnuts and brioche, followed by a  layered and creamy sensation in the mouth, punctuated by micro-explosions of spicy minerality, but carried throughout by ripe orchard fruits of Gala apples and Bartlett pears, and bursting-ly ripe mandarin oranges, Rainier cherries, fresh lavender, and a final tingly sensation of numbing, pink peppercorns. Incredibly complex, beautifully unified and harmonious – I struggle to think of another under $70 Champagne that is drinking this fine, right here and now. It’s really exceptional, and we’re thrilled to have a handful of cases that should last… oh, let’s say two hours? Maybe three? Good luck, friends!

Technical Details



AppellationMontagne de Reims


VarietalChampagne Blends

Blend70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir

WinemakerLaurent Champs

Farming MethodSustainable Practices

Aging / Cooperage10 months in large fondres


Pair it withSalt-roasted halibut with curried vegetables

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