Vilmart & Cie (NM), Brut, Grand Cellier, PC, Rilly la Montagne, Marne, Grand Est, France, NV
This wine: Lot No. LGC08-17 (on back label), disgorged 08/17; organic; a blend of 70% chardonnay with pinot noir, fermentation (no MLF) and maturation of base wines in foudre and oak casks for 10 months; natural mushroom cork closure, 12.5% abv, Waitrose, £30 offer (£40) (04/19).
Consumer tasting note: dry, complex yet restrained, with moderate alcohol, in typical Champagne style, with apple and citrus aromas edged with lightly confected brioche and powdered ginger; medium bodied with fresh acidity, and a noticeable grip from base-wine time in not new oak, and a similar palate to the nose. A long length.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-5 years – Wait. No need to decant, but savour over 20-30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of brioche with a sugary confected edge, stewed apple, dried lemon peel, gorse flower (delicate coconut nuances), lightly baked apple, a hint of powdered ginger, a hint of anise.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-moderate grip, with flavours of hints of the bakery, a touch of biscuit, stewed apple, a hint of dried citrus peel, baked apple, leaf tea. A long length (~25s) with a clean finish reminiscent of lightly caramelised stewed apple, with a noticeable grip; a creamy mousse with a long persistence.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, harmonious with quite strong intensity and similar concentration, showing better than moderate complexity, with a grip suggestive of exposure to not new and/or large format oak. Finishes soundly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-5 years – a sound acid structure and balance, ostensibly fully developed, but flavours should deepen a touch over time.