Cuvée Emotion
Vilmart et Cie

Cuvée Emotion




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Vilmart et Cie, Cuvée Emotion, 2013


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Vilmart et Cie, Cuvée Emotion, 2013

Emotion 2013 is one of the rare Pinot Noir dominated Vilmart blends, at 60% saignee Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, the Pinot coming from Rilly-la-Montagne alongside the Chardonnay. After barrel fermentation and ageing, this receives over 60 months sur lie, and two years post disgorgement prior to release. And it is superb, an incredibly sophisticated Rose full of beautiful bright detailed fruit, pink grapefruit and salt notes, fine wildflowers and gariguette strawberries. With an ultra fine fine mousse, crystalline flavours and a fine peacocks tail of minerality and fine acidity this is sheer class.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2013 Brut Rosé Emotion is more interesting than the 2014 tasted alongside it, as it has more depth and overall textural presence. Here, too, I find the fruit a bit faded, while the oak imprint is unusually strong. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged: April, 2020.
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Vilmart et Cie

Vilmart et Cie

Situated in the northern Montagne de Reims village of Rilly-la-Montagne, Vilmart is one of the great grower operations, 8 generations old, yet one that remains somewhat under the radar. Today led by the affable Laurent Champs, the estate produces some of the region’s most sophisticated champagnes. The use of oak barrels and fuders is always judiciously handled, and its holdings, which are something of a paradox being predominantly Chardonnay in an area generally famed for Pinot Noir, are dominated by old vines. Primarily planted at the northern end of the village, the Vilmart vineyards benefit from south and south-east facing exposures, on intensely chalky soils – a terroir ideally suited to growing top notch Chardonnay.

Pressing is still done in a traditional 4000 kg basket press, following which all the vintage wines are fermented and aged in Burgundian barrels. Malo is eschewed, Laurent preferring to focus on energy, elegance and tension in his finished wines. Farming has been biodynamic for the past 20 years and the house has employed no herbicides or insecticides since Laurent took over. They were recently certified as HVE.

These are serious wines, crisp and intense, full of finesse and brimming with luminous purity; the top wines remind us a little bit of Krug, though through the lens of Chardonnay dominated blends – it’s a great combination, as devotees will be quick to tell you.

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