Vilmart & Cie - Grower Champagne since 1890

Lucien Michel | October 2, 2021

Vilmart & Cie is amongst the oldest Grower Champagnes, which means that all the grapes used in producing this Champagne are grown on the vines of this estate (not purchased from other vineyards). 

Established in 1890, in the Montagne de Reims, they have been releasing their estate-bottlings for more than 130 years. Laurent Champs (5th generation) is currently running the show and maintaining the ethos of making champagnes that express an emotion. Each release has a real sense of style and terroir.

The wines are made of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, fermented and aged in oak barrels for ten months, during which they undergo bâtonnage. There is no malolactic fermentation. Built to age, the evolution over time is breathtaking.

This fantastic grower has a unique range and is definitely worth attention. If you are not familiar with these champagnes, I encourage you to give them a try, especially with the vintages that we are fortunate to have in stock, all of which come from a minimum of 50 year old vines. 

The Coeur de Cuvée 2011 (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir) showcases the freshness of a green apple, where the Grand Cellier Rubis 2011 (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay) will be more about red berries thanks to their use of the Rosé de Saignée method. The Grand Cellier d’Or 2015 (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir) will have minerality, vinosity, and gingerbread aromas.

Our selection also includes some true gems such as the Vilmart & Cie Les Blanches Voies 2009 (100% Chardonnay) with a production of only 2,900 bottles.

The Grande Réserve (70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay) will surprise you with a drier style and a certain toastiness.

In my opinion, these are some of the most complex, powerful, and structured wines in the whole of Champagne.