ABOUT THIS WINE
Blending composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir classified Premier Cru and from vines in Rilly-laMontagne. In agreement with its certifications of Viticulture Durable (Sustainable Viticulture) and Haute Valeur Environnementale (High Environmental Value), Vilmart House cultivates its vineyards in the greatest respect of its terroir.
Vinification key points:
• Manual harvest 2017
• Reserve wines 2015/2016
• Aging process: ten months into large oak casks
• No malolactic fermentation
• Dosage: 8 g/l
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Vilmart & Cie. traces its history back to 1890, when it was founded by Désiré Vilmart, and from the beginning, Vilmart & Cie. has always been a récoltant-manipulant, making champagne exclusively from estate-owned vines. Since 1989 the estate has been in the hands of Laurent Champs, the fifth generation of the family to take the helm of the house.
The majority of Vilmart’s 11 hectares of vines lie in Rilly-la-Montagne, although there are a few plots just over the border in the neighboring village of Villers-Allerand. Vilmart is a member of Ampelos, an organization that promotes organic and sustainable viticulture, and Champs has never used any herbicides or chemical fertilizers since taking over the estate. All of the vineyards are planted with cover crops and plowed, and Champs enjoys an additional advantage in that his parcels are relatively large—only 12 different parcels over 11 hectares—meaning that he is more protected from contamination by chemical treatments in neighboring plots.
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.
$69.99 Excl. tax