Wine Blogging Wednesday #25

This month's theme is Champagne from Champagne.
It is hosted by Sam Breach of becks & posh.
The round-up can be found here.

1997 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee

Our wine this month is:
1997 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvée Champagne

About six years ago, we went over to the Dark Side of Champagne: Grower Champagnes, mostly ones imported by Terry Theise. We've drunk more bottles of Vilmart than any other Champagne producer. I think it's because they're very pleasing and, in general, excellent values - something I don't generally find in Champagnes. Our favorite is the NV Cuvée Rubis, their least expensive rosé. Coeur de Cuvée, on the other hand, is their top bottling - just 5000 bottles are produced each year.

Vilmart & Cie is imported by Michael Skurnik Wines, as selected by Terry Theise
. (If you've never read the opening pages of Theise's Champagne catalog, click here. It's extremely entertaining.)

1997 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee Back Label

The 1997 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvée (catalog page here) is made from free-run juice; 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir.
1997 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee

Joanne's Tasting Notes:
Nose of sourdough bread, dried apricots and a hint of honeysuckle. Fine bubbles with a bright hint of lemon followed by a sweeter grapefruit finish and a floral hint which lingers. The finish has an acidic bright bite which mellows as it dissipates. We paired this with a dinner of cheese and mousse: Hoja Santa, Fabrique Delices Goose Mousse, Vermont Butter & Cheese's Bonne Buche and Fourme de Rochefort along with Bennett Valley Bakery's Mt. Taylor 5-seed bread.

Jack's Tasting Notes: A soft, elegant wine and definitely a bit tight now. Very fine bubbles. Finish is short (unusual for a Vilmart). All-around very pleasant but too restrained. We have another bottle and I'll update my note in a few years when we someday drink it; I suspect it will be significantly different. ?

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