Quite simply, the Coeur de Cuvée is one of the great values in world-class wine. It rivals Krugs, Bollingers, and Dom Perignons for quality at a fraction of the price. Vilmart produces its exuberant Champagne with hand-picked organically-grown fruit from its own Premier Cru vineyards. The Coeur de Cuvée comprises 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from the chalky terroir of Rilly-la-Montagne. During production, a rigorous selection is made of first press juice. The core wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, was fermented and aged for at least ten months in oak barrels, and went through extended aging in bottle.
“Vilmart has quickly established cult status […] since young Laurent Champs took over from his father in 1991, the company has become one of the true gems with the perfect wine, Coeur de Cuvée, as its most brilliant star. This wine was the best-made in Champagne during the “off” years of ’91, ’92, ’93 and ’97. Hunt like a demon for the scarce 5000 bottles that were made of this gem!”
Richard Juhlin “4000 Champagnes” (2005), Winner of the Louis Roederer Award for International Champagne Writer of the Year
“The 2013 Brut Coeur de Cuvée is fabulous, not to mention and absolute must-buy for Vilmart fans. All of the tension of the late harvest comes through in a Champagne that dazzles with tension and energy. Bright acids drive a core of Chardonnay fruit. Citrus, white pepper, white flowers and crushed rocks abound. Readers should be in no rush to open the 2013, it’s a wine for the cellar. Disgorged: December, 2020.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Nov 2021