Champagne Vilmart & Cie

Champagne Vilmart & Cie has been run by Laurent Champs the, great, great grandson of the original founder, since 1995. He has instilled a renewed energy into the world renowned, family-run house, leading with both heart and mind.

The house has 11 hectares in Rilly-la-Montagne, planted to 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. This represents an unusual mix given Rilly-la -Montagne, produces mostly pinot noir and Meunier.

Grapes are also grown in the nearby village of Villers-Allerand and both villages are in the centre of the Montagne de Reims region.

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Environmentally friendly viticulture is at the heart of how the house operates. Their careful land management practices and specific winemaking techniques enable the production of unique wines that truly reflect their terroir. The resulting wines are balanced, round on the palate and have a minerality that is less linear than the chardonnay-based wines of the Côte des Blancs. The slight undertone of woodiness and less austere minerality means these elegant wines are perfect winter champagnes, able to handle fish or poultry with mild sauces, oysters and hard cheeses.