Since 1968 the hand tended vineyards have been farmed organically, and biodynamically for the past 20 years. In the winery, Laurent ferments and ages his wines in oak barrels to give hugely characterful and refined Champagnes. The gentle use of oak is vital, the influence is subtle and found more in texture than overt flavours, as Laurent said, “oak is a good servant but a bad master”. It is no wonder Vilmart is often known as ‘Mini Krug’ by those in the know. The production of the estate is miniscule and highly sought-after by collectors, if you are yet to discover Vilmart, you should do so before the secret is well and truly out.
"Red Rock Terrace displays a beautiful core of blackcurrant, crème de cassis and juicy red plums. Hiding behind the gorgeous sweet fruit, fragrant notes of cordial, cocoa and liquorice emerge with time in the glass. Laser-beam precision is supported by the finest, grippiest tannins imaginable. Those tannins carry the beautifully concentrated fruit to a long, long finish. Effortless and perfectly...more
"Brooding yet sensuous, Gravelly Meadow reveals earthy, savoury, meaty notes the nose, along with blackcurrants, blueberries and mulberries. There are subtle hints of herbs, tobacco and cedarwood. Once again, the tannic structure is impeccable and perfectly integrated. This says more about the superb quality of the fruit than it does about the 100% new oak. Gravelly Meadow is Diamond Creek’s...more
"Volcanic Hill shows intense notes of cassis, blackcurrant, blueberries and black cherries, followed by violets, cocoa and cordial. This is full bodied and opulent, yet the tannic structure is beautifully integrated and nothing is overblown – the balance is impeccable. It also manages to be seriously refreshing. Cedar, sweet spice, tobacco, graphite and the faintest hint of truffle all emerge...more