Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2006 Vilmart & Cie, Brut Champagne, Premier Cru “Grand Cellier D’ Or” Montagne de Reims.
I admit to being a huge fan of Laurent Champs and his fantastic wines, Vilmart is an amazing producer and while this 2006 is just a baby, it has a great future ahead of it, much like the new year, and that is why I opened this bottle, to have a little peak into the future. The vintage “Grand Cellier D’ Or” is a deep and seductive Champagne of elegant class and even though it is lovely know, it should be cellared for a few more years to reach anything near its super potential. The nose is subtle with hints of brioche, hazelnuts and smoky minerals before a rich and tense palate of lemon, apple and bread dough with touches of baking spices, tropical fruits and light wood notes. Look for many exotic extras to show over time and for this bubbly to blossom with true terroir and secondary elements that need time to develop. I can’t be trusted to keeping my hands of such a gem, but I would strongly advise to hide a few away, the rewards should prove well worth the investment. While Vilmart is not a inexpensive Champagne by any means, it is a true value when you look at the prices of Krug or Crystal. This was a perfect way to start the new year, Bravo Laurent and cheers to your success.
($116 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
Available at: www.sfwtc.com ($109.95)