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Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee Premier 2000

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"The 2000 Coeur de Cuvee is literally made from the “heart” of the juice, with the first and last part of the pressing discarded. This is a richly textured, intense wine loaded with ripe fruit and sweet toasted oak. Today it remains quite primary, but it will be stunner in a few years’ time, once the full range of its tertiary aromas and flavors have developed. Patience is the key. Coeur de Cuvee is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 50-year old vines. This is the December, 2007 disgorgement. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Proprietor Laurent Champs makes some of the region’s most distinctive Champagnes. The Vilmart wines are characterized by an extreme sense of elegance, clarity and definition. The domaine’s eleven hectares of vineyards are planted with 60% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir and 4% Pinot Meunier, with vine ages ranging from 35 to 55 years, clearly towards the older side of the spectrum in the region. Champs prefers oak aging for his wines. The entry-level wines are aged in cask, while the top selections spend time in smaller French oak barrels. Readers should note that the entry-level NV is available on a very limited basis in the US, and I was not able to taste it for this article. Therefore, this range begins with the Grand Cellier, which represents a significantly higher level than the straight NV...94" WA 12/08 "Classy and harmonious. Some new oak treatment lends spice and coconut accents to the pâte de fruit and citrus flavors. Elegant and detailed, with a racy structure and a long, lemon- and spice-tinged finish...93" WS 11/09

Region: France » Champagne

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Pierre Gimonnet & Fils:
Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne vineyard.  From the beginning, the Gimonnet family are winegrowers that go about their harvest by the rules of Champagne trade.  Anecdotes, legends and experiences enrich themselves with the passing of the centuries and transmit themselves generation to generation. The know-how and the love of the vine a... Read more
Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne vineyard.  From the beginning, the Gimonnet family are winegrowers that go about their harvest by the rules of Champagne trade.  Anecdotes, legends and experiences enrich themselves with the passing of the centuries and transmit themselves generation to generation. The know-how and the love of the vine also play an important part in this process. It was during the period between the two great wars that the wine-making activity of the house really began. Around 1935, Pierre drew up the first tariffs. The fresh grape juice cohabitated with the "quiet native wine of Champagne" and a "Champagne Cru" … Practically at the same price. From 1955, Michel Gimonnet, the son Pierre, invested himself with passion and audacity in the development of a range of Champagne "Houses".  He knows each vine of every acre that he trampled on during his youth.  It is he who knows how unique the family vineyard is.  The style of its wines goes some way to express the whole beauty, vivacity, and its race. ichel generated a concern of an almost obsessional perfection; a requirement of such extremes transmitted to its sons, Olive Tree and Didier. Such intransigence implies a severe technical precision, but following the example of the true goldsmiths of wine, the Gimonnet family still work with respect to the hand-crafted work. For the harvest all the grapes are gathered manually.  The grapes are pressed in a traditional manner, automatically divided, into two pneumatic managed presses, since 1996. Conscious of the variety and big wealth of their vineyard, Olivier and Didier Gimonnet put all their work into extracting the most beautiful expressions of the grapes and its “Terroir” (soil).  The vinifications are carried out in small capacity tanks (of 25 to 125 hl), thus preserving the characteristics of the vineyard parcels, linked to the age of the vines, or again to their "climate". Read less

"The 2000 Coeur de Cuvee is literally made from the “heart” of the juice, with the first and last part of the pressing discarded. This is a richly textured, intense wine loaded with ripe fruit and sweet toasted oak. Today it remains quite primary, but it will be stunner in a few years’ time, once the full range of its tertiary aromas and flavors have developed. Patience is the key. Coeur de Cuvee is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 50-year old vines. This is the December, 2007 disgorgement. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. Proprietor Laurent Champs makes some of the region’s most distinctive Champagnes. The Vilmart wines are characterized by an extreme sense of elegance, clarity and definition. The domaine’s eleven hectares of vineyards are planted with 60% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir and 4% Pinot Meunier, with vine ages ranging from 35 to 55 years, clearly towards the older side of the spectrum in the region. Champs prefers oak aging for his wines. The entry-level wines are aged in cask, while the top selections spend time in smaller French oak barrels. Readers should note that the entry-level NV is available on a very limited basis in the US, and I was not able to taste it for this article. Therefore, this range begins with the Grand Cellier, which represents a significantly higher level than the straight NV...94" WA 12/08 "Classy and harmonious. Some new oak treatment lends spice and coconut accents to the pâte de fruit and citrus flavors. Elegant and detailed, with a racy structure and a long, lemon- and spice-tinged finish...93" WS 11/09

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