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. Continue reading

Krug 1998 versus Krug NV

Krug vintage or Krug NV? That has always been a question in my mind. So I decided to do a side by side comparison. With a difference of half a thousand HKD, I would still go for Krug 1998.

Krug 1998 versus Krug NV

Krug NV was young and powerful, citrus, with a lot of minerals. Yet, the minerals are slightly harsher than the Krug 1998. Continue reading