JOHN GILMAN 91+ POINTS - "The current release of Vilmart Cie’s Cuvée Rubis is comprised of ninety percent Pinot Noir and ten percent Chardonnay and was done as a saignée, rather than adding a bit of still Pinot Noir to create the rosé color. The wine is quite fine, as its oak component is very nicely understated and plays a fine supporting role to the main fireworks on the nose and palate. The bouquet is a mix of cherries, red currants, cloves, lovely soil tones, rye toast and a bit of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a fine core, elegant mousse, fine focus and grip and a long, slightly tannic finish. The balance here is just fine and I do not see any issues down the road with the touch of wood tannins, but exclusively older wood is not something that would be a detriment to this bottling. This is a very well-made wine, but I am more attracterd to the organic natural beauty of Alexandre Chartogne’s style of Rosé over the Cuvée Rubis, even if the two wines are not all that far apart in quality."
From one of Champagne’s true cult producers, Vilmart’s Rubis Rosé is simply a joyous Champagne that will
appeal as much to the novice as it will to the die-hard Champagne geek. It is a vinous blend of 90% Pinot Noir and
10% Chardonnay from the domaine’s vineyards in the Montagne de Reims village of Rilly-la-Montagne and Villes-
Allerand. Proprietor Laurent Champs always avoids malolactic fermentation in order to retain structure and finesse.
To add a bit of roundness and spice, Laurent “raised” the base wines for this rose in large oak foudres for ten months
before bottling. Champagne critic Peter Leim of The Champagne Guide paints the finished picture well: “It’s creamy
and luscious, displaying pungent flavors of rhubarb, strawberry and cranberry along with underlying hints of sweet
herbs and peppery spice. Drinking superbly well now, it combines a serious, vinous character with sheer delicious
slurpability.” Note that our low Special Purchase Price is limited to stock on hand.