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VILMART 04 COEUR CUVEE
Item: #345987
Bottle Size: 750ML
WS: 94
$129.98
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VILMART 04 BRUT COEUR DE CUVEE 1ER CRU

STEVEN TANZER 95 POINTS-"80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, disgorged November, 2011): Light, bright gold. Exotic aromas of poached pear, smoky minerals and iodine are complemented by a sexy floral nuance. On the palate, incisive, tangy flavors of candied citrus and orchard fruits, ginger and minerals gain flesh and weight with air. Finishes on a seductively sweet note, with outstanding juicy persistence and strong mineral cut and grip."

WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS-"Shows lovely texture, with fine balance between the wine's finesse and its rich layers of poached apple, pastry, black currant candy, spun honey and orange zest. Silky and mouthwatering throughout, with a long, spiced finish. Drink now through 2027. 26 cases imported."

The annual Terry Theise Champagne Portfolio tasting is always the most important event on our fall buying calendar. This year we sampled more than one hundred Champagnes, all of which were from quality boutique producers. Even in such a strong field, this 2004 Vilmart had the depth and majesty that enabled it to stand head and shoulders above all the rest. Coeur de Cuvée is a single-vineyard prestige cuvée sourced from vines over 50 years old in the vineyard of Blanches Voies and is composed of 80 percent Chardonnay and 20 percent Pinot Noir. As the name implies proprietor Laurent Champs selects only the finest 800 liters from the middle (or “heart”) of this pressing to make this top-of-the-line Champagne. It’s fermented and aged entirely in one- to three-year-old barriques. It is both opulent yet sleek, as it delivers a panoply of baked apple, pastry dough, pear and barrel flavors. Its memorable finish reverberates with spice, citrus and mineral tones that are a joy to behold. Simply magnificent and a most worthy top-pick for 2012!

2 STARS CHAMPAGNEGUIDE.NET-"This is 80 percent chardonnay and 20 percent pinot noir, all from 50- to 55-year-old vines in the vineyard of Blanches Voies. It's shapely and sleek, with the shimmering brightness and tension found in many 2004s, and the fruit on the palate takes on an exotic tone, hinting at litchi and mandarin orange. It shows all of the sophistication and character expected of this cuvée, and it should develop a terrific complexity and depth with time in the cellar. Last tasted: 3/12."
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