Vilmart & Cie 2007 Coeur de Cuvee Champagne (95pts)
One of the few “grower Champagne” (producers who use only estate fruit) that has a history of using only their own fruit for 100+ years, dating back to 1890. An incredible wine that is so delicious and complex, it will make you wonder how the “big name houses” can get away with charging so much for their tete cuvees. A wonderful floral bouquet that includes hyacinth, iris, magnolia long with notes of exotic mushrooms, oyster shells and almond oil only gives slight insight to array of flavors on the palate. Salty and vivacious up front the notes from the nose are echoed on the palate along with subtle nuances of white pepper spice, honey, wild flowers, nectarines and fresh baked pastries.
95 Points, James Suckling: "An 80/20 split between chardonnay and pinot noir, this has an ethereal spicy thread, sweet citrus, plus some redder fruits too; floral and fragrant, very pretty. The palate's boldly flavored, precisely cut and compressed with intense minerally acidity. The lemon and nougat flavors carry deep and the finish has superb focus. Drink from 2018."