Grapes: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir.
Region: France> Champagne> Montagne de Reim.
Notes: Organic farming.
Description: Vilmart et Cie was founded in 1890 by Desire Vilmart, and is one of the rare estates in the region that can claim to have been a recoltant-manipulant (growers champagne) from their begining. Laurent Champs has been in charge of the estate since 1989, being the fifth generation of the family to operate the house. Vilmart, along with (Rene) Geoffroy, is a member of Ampelos, an organization that surveys and promotes organic and sustainable viticulture. Laurent Champs has used no herbicides or chemical fertilizers since taking over the 11 hectare estate and maintains plowing and cover crops in all vineyards. Laurent has a particular advantage in this venture, in the of his 11 hectares he farms only 12 different parcels - giving added protection of potential contamination from neighbors.
All of Vilamart's wine are fermented and aged in oak. Melolactic fermentation is strictly avoided at the estate, and all cuvees are composed from limited individual parcels.