2016 is the current release for this great Cuvee from Vilmart, continuing its legacy as one of the great growers of Champagne. Vilmart is one of the top houses for grower Champagne and one of the few that makes a vintage Champagne every year. Much effort goes into the Grand Cellier d'Or, which comes from 50-year-old vines from sustainably farmed premier cru sites in Champagne's prestigious Rilly-la-Montagne area. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, this sees vinification in oak barrels and aged for 42 months on the lees. This is one of the staples of the house, and 2016 is an excellent vintage ranking among the top bottles of Grand Cellier d'Or ever made, and we have US low pricing here today. Big note below by Gilman with one of the highest scores he's even given this bottle. This is a fantastic vintage and not one to pass up for fans of Vilmart.
John Gilman 93+ points! "The 2016 Vilmart & Cie “Grand Cellier d’Or” is composed of its traditional cépages of eighty percent pinot noir and twenty percent chardonnay. The vins clairs are barrel-fermented and do not undergo malo for this bottling, which was aged three years sur latte prior to its disgorgement in July of 2020 and was finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter. The wine offers up a lovely, youthful and very refined bouquet of fresh apricot, passion fruit, warm bread, a complex base of soil, a touch of hazelnut, a touch of buttery oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and youthfully complex, with a lovely core, fine focus and cut, elegant mousse and a long, poised and very promising finish. This is still quite youthful and deserves some time in the cellar to relax a bit more structurally. It will drink long and beautifully once it is really ready to go. (Drink between 2024 - 2055)"