A family business for five generations, Vilmart is driven by unique intuition, a taste for precision and a certain form of freedom.
In 1890, Désiré Vilmart founded the house in the heart of the village of Rilly-la-Montagne, at the foot of the Montagne de Reims. He was succeeded by his son Charles, then his grandson Renan. They were both instrumental in furthering the house’s growth. Independence and boldness were already characteristic of the house’s outlook.
During the Second World War, Renan witnessed the destruction of the estate. With courage and determination, he applied himself to reconstructing buildings and facilities over cellars that had been spared; Vilmart still occupies these premises, which have been developed and added to by each successive generation.
The 11 exclusively Premier Cru hectares of the Vilmart vineyard are located in the Rilly-la-Montagne terroir. The proximity of the plots and unity of place, a particular feature in Champagne, allows the vines to be tended with particular care. The Vilmart vineyard is also notable for its mix of varietals: a majority of Chardonnay (60%), with the remaining 40% planted to Pinot Noir.
This proportion is highly unusual for the region, essentially planted to Pinot Noir and Meunier. The estate’s vines are on average 35 years old. Grapes from the oldest vines, which are 60 years old, are reserved for crafting Coeur de Cuvée and Blanc de Blancs champagnes.
Vilmart & Cie Grande Reserve
The blond colour with pale golden highlights announces a wine mostly composed of Pinot Noir and reflects a perfect maturity. The effervescence is long-lasting, giving birth to a persistent and delicate mousse with fine bubbles. The first impression on the nose is marked by great intensity. She is opening on biscuit, mature wheat, pear and cherry flavour. After a few seconds, the nose became wider. The iris, oak, celery, white pepper and fine mineral aromas bring depth and complexity to the wine. With air, melted butter and toast notes appear, reflecting an harmonious evolution of the wine.
There is a fine balance between the primary aromas (fruits), secondary (biscuit, bread, butter) and tertiary (minerals and spices).
Blending composed of 70 % Pinot Noir and 30 % Chardonnay classified Premier Cru and from vines in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ageing 10 months in large oak casks. No malolactic fermentation. Dosage 9g/L.SKU: VMT01-NV00750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier
The pale lemon shade with golden and green highlights is shimmering and luminous. This wine develops a fine, elegant and long-tasting mousse.
On the first nose, the wine reveals white flower aromas (honeysuckle, lilac), citrus notes as well as fresh butter and cream. After airing, as it is getting warmer, this Champagne exhales another spectrum of aromas. The wine reveals spicy notes of ginger, lemongrass, which were unsuspected until then. The beautiful quality of the acidity (present throughout the tasting) is especially remarkable. The frank vinosity of the wine (roundness and alcohol) gives an impression of strength and freshness. The wine appears big yet tight. These various sensations produce a pure, creamy and silky textured wine.
The finish is clean, slightly minerality and long. The last aroma is the grapefruit. The impression will be remembered as a harmonious, healthy and vibrant wine.
Blending composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir classified Premier Cru and from vines in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ageing 10 months in large oak casks. No malolactic fermentation. Doasge 8g/L.SKU: VMT02-NV00750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Cuvee Rubis
The colour of this wine is salmon pink. It is animated by a persistent effervescence that gives birth to a cord with fine and delicate bubbles.
This wine develops aromas of intense red fruits, including wild strawberries, wild raspberries, cherries and gooseberries. After a few minutes of aeration, a light floral fragrance awakens our senses with notes of linden and lilac.
On the palate, the attack of red fruits is predominant and supported by the freshness of pink grapefruit. Delicate flavours of melon and vine peach enliven our taste buds during the tasting. The whole makes us discover a wine of great freshness, ample and very balanced.
Blending composed of 90% Pinot Noir (including 15% red wine) and 10% Chardonnay classified Premier Cru and from vines in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ageing 10 months in large oak casks. No malolactic fermentation. Dosage 9g/L.SKU: VMT06-NV00750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d’Or 2015
Intense, golden, lemon and yellow in colour with very fine persistent bubbles. These small pearls give birth on the surface to a beautiful white cord.
Melted butter, custard, candled pineapple, cardamom and with pepper are the notes that reach us directly. Then after a few moments, another round of flavours arrives, nuts aromas at first (pralines, hazelnut) followed by mineral notes (chalk, roasted shellfish). The wine is mature, complex with a lot of personality. It still evolves in the glass with cinnamon and gingerbread aromas. The imperceptible dosage and the frank acidity give us a sharp acid / sugar balance extra brut type. The vinosity is expressed through bold and wood.
The finish is very long, around 10 to 12 seconds and clean, with a nice conclusion on grapefruit and pralines notes.
Blending composed of 80 % Chardonnay and 20 % Pinot Noir classified Premier Cru and from vines of fifty years old age in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ageing 10 months in oak barrels. 42 months on lees in the cellar after bottling. No malolactic fermentation. Dosage 7g/L.SKU: VMT03-1500750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee 2012
Its straw-yellow colour is accompanied with a fine persistent mousse crowning the disc with a fine and harmonious cord. On the nose, the first aromas of hazelnut and brioche awake the senses. After a few moments, with much of delicacy, subtle notes of vanilla and dried fruit are married with more subtle lemony flavors. The nose is both elegant and powerful, which indicates a wine of great complexity and beautiful harmony.
Once in your mouth, aromas of butter, “crème brûlée” and spices (white pepper) blossom awaken taste buds. It is a gourmand and generous wine with an exceptional freshness. After several minutes of tasting, the complexity and the scarcity of this wine give us an explosion of flavors in the mouth, a real aromatic symphony.
Blending composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir classified Premier Cru and from vines of sixty years old age in Rilly-la-Montagne. Developed exclusively with the heart of the cuvee. Ageing 10 months in oak barrels and 70 months on lees in the cellars after bottling. No malolactic fermentation. Dosage 7g/L.SKU: VMT04-1200750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Emotion 2012
The colour of this wine is orange pink. The calm and regular effervescence gives birth to a sustained and delicate cord whose bubbles are very fine.
On the nose, this wine is powerful, fruity, developing aromas of strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry and floral notes of peony with a vanilla finish. This bouquet of fruit is supported by slight notes of almond, cinnamon, honey and wood. Length, complexity and balance define a mouth in harmony with the nose.
We note a beautiful purity, an excellent finesse on the palate with a creamy texture that allows us to discover an elegant wine with and beautiful vinosity.
Blending composed of 60% Pinot Noir (“Rosé de Saignée”) and 40% Chardonnay classified Premier Cru and from vines of sixty years old age in Rilly-la-Montagne. Ageing 10 months in oak barrels and 60 months on lees in the cellars after bottling. Dosage: 8g/L.SKU: VMT07-1200750-SP
Vilmart & Cie Blanc de Blanc 2011
The straw-yellow colour with pale green highlights is fed by a very delicate effervescence announcing breadth and finesse.
On the nose, a harmonious bouquet of citrus fruits animates our senses with in particular, lemon, lime and grapefruit. In aromatic support, subtle vanilla notes and roasted hazelnuts bring structure and consistency to the wine. On the palate, our taste buds discover dried fruits always highlighted by vanilla and hazelnut. After a few moments, apricot, ripe pear and honeysuckle flavours complete this wine of great complexity. A delicate and silky texture on the mouth reflects the personality of this chiseled wine.
This vintage made from sixty years old vines on a chalk floor, brings us a very developed mineral side. Blending composed of 100% Chardonnay classified Premier Cru and from vines of sixty years old age in Rilly-la-Montagne (Les Blanches Voies parcel). Ageing 10 months in oak barrels. 84 months on lees in the cellars after bottling. No malolactic fermentation. Dosage 4g/L. Limited quantity per vintage.SKU: VMT05-NV00750-SP