The wonderful wines of Vilmart are regarded by champagne enthusiasts with a reverence that verges on a cult. Classed as a champagne grower (as opposed to a champagne house) Vilmart’s small production is incredibly sought-after and notoriously difficult to acquire. Uncommonly for champagne, Vilmart’s wines are produced in accordance with organic viticulture and fermented then aged in oak barrels. Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee 2000 is an old vine blend of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir which has been fermented entirely in old oak barriques and given a generous six years on its lees before being bottled. The name, Couer de Cuvee, derives from the special selection of the very heart of the Cuvee; meaning it is made only from the ‘heart’ of the pressed juice in which the first and last portions of the barrel are bled off to allow only the very greatest elements to remain. On the nose this champagne displays a floral perfume, with notes of freshly baked bread, marzipan, praline and a sweet toasty character. The palate is silky smooth yet crisp and vibrant, lifted by the refreshing acidity which pairs perfectly with the rich textural fruit notes and a chalky minerality. Maturation time in bottle has allowed this wine to blossom spectacularly, making it an indulgent choice for a celebratory toast, or a wonderful gift idea for any champagne lover.
750ml£12.27 per 100.00ml