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Vilmart Grand Cellier NV

750ml /
Vintage: NV
  • WS 94
  • JD 92
  • WAS 92
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The Vilmart Grand Cellier, a distinguished offering from Vilmart Champagne, showcases the meticulous craftsmanship of winemaker Laurent Champs. As a blend that speaks to the heart of the champagne tradition, it stands out for its impeccable balance and intriguing flavor profile, sure to captivate anyone with a taste for fine bubbly.

Upon pouring, Vilmart & Cie grand cellier immediately captures the eye with its light lemony color, tinged with gold and green reflections, suggesting a vibrant and lively character. The bubbles, fine and dynamic, dance through the calm effervescence, hinting at the quality and care taken in every bottle’s creation.

A sniff of this champagne reveals a complex and elegant aroma, woven with wild strawberries, mango, and a hint of exotic wood. As it breathes, layers of fresh apricot and bergamot emerge, creating an enticing bouquet that promises a unique tasting experience. The skillful blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, cultivated with respect for the environment and the terroir, adds to its allure.

On the palate, Vilmart Grand Cellier does not disappoint. It starts with a sharp, citrusy attack, evolving into rich notes of yellow fruit. This progression showcases a perfectly balanced champagne, with a lingering lemon zest finish that leaves a clean, slightly mineral aftertaste. The lasting impression is one of grapefruit, encapsulating the lively and dynamic essence of the wine.

When it comes to pairing, this champagne is a versatile companion. It shines alongside soft and creamy textured dishes, enhancing the flavors of delicate fish like sole or turbot with mild sauces, as well as fine crustaceans such as prawns or oysters. Moreover, its elegance makes it an ideal choice for an aperitif, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience. This winery also produces the finest pierre cellier champagne, as well.

The critical acclaim surrounding Vilmart Grand Cellier attests to its exceptional quality. Awarded 94 points by Wine Spectator, it’s praised for its seamless integration of creamy mousse, sharp acidity, and a rich tapestry of flavors including peach, green apple, and honeysuckle. Jeb Dunnuck and Wine & Spirits both honor it with 92 points, highlighting its rounded nose, delicate perfume, and spicy structure, along with a recommendation for aging to further unlock its potential.

The Vilmart Grand Cellier generation of the family, a masterpiece from Vilmart et Cie, reflects the heritage and expertise of a winery deeply rooted in tradition. As an envoyer of wine, this champagne is a testament to the craftsmanship of the Champs family, with Laurent Champs, the fifth generation, at the helm. This exquisite blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir is fermented and aged with meticulous care, embodying the essence of a récoltant manipulant. Sourced from the prime vineyards of Montagne de Reims, specifically from Rilly-la-Montagne and Villers-Allerand, it benefits from the unique terroir that imparts complexity and a distinct orchard fruit character to the wine. Aged for ten months before spending time on lees to enhance its profile, the Vilmart Grand Cellier NV also incorporates reserve wines, adding depth and a touch of vintage charm without being labeled as a vintage wine champagne. The result is a coeur de cuvée that dazzles with its finesse, a celebration of Vilmart & Cie’s dedication to excellence and its legacy as a pillar of quality in the Champagne region.

In summary, Vilmart Grand Cellier, crafted by Laurent Champs at Vilmart & Cie, is a testament to the art of champagne making. With its sophisticated blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it delivers a tasting experience that is both refined and memorable. Whether enjoyed on a special occasion or shared as a gift, this champagne is sure to impress with its elegance, complexity, and vibrant energy.

12 reviews for Vilmart Grand Cellier NV

  1. Joel Ellison

    Enjoyed a Vilmart Grand Cellier NV last night. It was a dance of citrus and toast on the palate, with a subtle cream finish. Absolutely divine.

  2. Richard Wilson

    Vilmart and cie have crafted a masterpiece with the Grand Cellier. It’s a beautiful medley of honey, lime and yeast flavours. Highly recommended.

  3. Frank Ryan

    Vilmart Champagne never disappoints. This time, the Grand Cellier NV brought a lovely array of citrus and apple notes. Perfect for a celebration.

  4. Cynthia Pham

    The Grand Cellier Brut Champagne Premier Cru from Vilmart & Cie is an absolute delight. The peach, stone, and butter notes are perfectly balanced. Cheers!

  5. Richard Scott

    Laurent Champs’ Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier is a sparkling wine dream. The chard, nectarine, and chalk notes are simply divine.

  6. James Stone

    The Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier carries hints of stone fruit, yellow apple, and lemon zest. It’s a sparkling wine that leaves you wanting more.

  7. Alan Hernandez

    The Vilmart Champagne, with its unique blend of minerals and grapefruit, is an exceptional sparkling wine. It’s a party in a bottle!

  8. Cesar Schrom

    This Vilmart Champagne is a sensory journey. The Grand Cellier NV is filled with cheese, vanilla, and lemon curd notes. What a treat!

  9. Amy Shively

    Vilmart and cie’s Grand Cellier Brut Champagne Premier Cru is an explosion of straw, honeysuckle and pineapple flavours. A must-try for any wine enthusiast.

  10. Patricia Kestle

    An evening with Vilmart Champagne is always a treat. The Grand Cellier NV was filled with biscuit, white peach and a nutty finish. Unforgettable.

  11. Dianna Mcdowell

    The Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut Champagne Premier Cru is a revelation. A symphony of lemon, green apple, and a hint of brioche. Truly delightful.

  12. George Gentles

    Laurent Champs has done it again. The Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier bursting with pear, oak, and almond notes. A real gem in the world of sparkling wine.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator
A mouthwatering Champagne that shows seamless integration of the plush and creamy mousse, rapierlike acidity and expressive range of peach, chopped nut, ripe green apple, star anise and honeysuckle aromas and flavors that persist on the long finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
Made from 70% Chardonnay and the remainder Pinot Noir, the NV Champagne Grand Cellier Brut was raised for 10 months in large foudre before spending 30 months sur latte. The nose is rounded and soft, with a delicate perfume of vanilla pastry, Anjou pear, and white flowers. The palate is rounded but dry, with citrus zest that lifts through the modest finish. Best After 2023.
WAS 92
Wine & Spirits
This is a 70-30 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grown in clay-limestone soils. The components come from harvests in 2014 through ’16, the wines aged 10 months in foudre. It’s spicy in its structure and lasting in its fruit, with flavors ranging from the red blush of pear skin to orange and dry pineapple. Powerful, generous and still tight, this should develop well over the next several years.

What does Vilmart Grand Cellier NV taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

earthy, mushroom, smoke

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, baking spice

apple, green apple, pear

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, cinnamon, anise

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, toasted bread

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, straw, gooseberry


tropical, pineapple, mango

Floral aromas found in the wine

perfume, jasmine, orange blossom

Food Pairing with Vilmart Grand Cellier NV

Our wine experts think this Complex and Traditional Vilmart Grand Cellier NV wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
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Laurent Champs winemaker

Laurent Champs

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