Vilmart & Cie Grande Réserve Brut Champagne Premier Cru NV
Chalky, smokey, green appley Champagne with silky texture and fine effervescence. This is fizz that’s all about considered excellence. From premier cru vineyards, Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay are aged in large oak foudre and are finished with a pinch of dosage.
Vilmart have produced ‘grower Champagne’ since before the term was coined. Now in their 5th generation, the estate is in the hands of Laurent Champ. There’s an organic, biodynamic and sustainable approach, and while they don’t have certification, no chemical fertilisers or herbicides are used. Based in Montagne de Reims, their two vineyards are (unusually for this part of Champagne) predominant in Chardonnay. The wines always see oak, whether it’s foudre, cask or barrique, and don’t go through malolactic fermentation.