Scribbling about wine: Vilmart & Cie, The Cœur de Cuvée 2001

The Cœur de Cuvée is the premium champagne from Vilmart. Vilmart produces their finest bubbles from the 11 hectares Premier Cru in Rilly-la-Montagne and some vines in the neighboring Villers-Allerand. Their better collection – the Grand Cellier, Grand Cellier d’Or, Cuvee Creation and Coeur de Cuvee – are chardonnay dominant. So it is not surprising that about 60% of their planted grapes are of the Chardonnay variety. Since the 1980s, the champagne house had been a devotee of biodynamic planting.

Vilmart & Cie, The Cœur de Cuvée 2001

Rilly-la-Montagne, situated at the south of Reims, has a history of being one of the oldest champagne producing villages. But going back in time, the village also had a brush with World War history – bomb storage depots used to sit where the vines are today. But it has since moved on from its gloomy past, becoming a home to Premier Cru champagnes. Continue reading