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Vilmart et Cie, Champagne “Cuvee Rubis”, NV

$92.99
"... is bright, crisp and airy. Subtle floral-infused aromatics and bright red-toned fruit give the Rubis its understated, gracious personality. White pepper, chalk and floral notes add attractive top notes. This release is a blend of 2016 and 2015, and it is terrific. Disgorged: November, 2017. 92pts -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Vilmart has become one of those rare grower-producers that hardly needs an introduction, thanks to the praise and attention it receives from wine lovers and the media (like our friend, Peter Liem). Vilmart is on the Burgundian end of the Champagne spectrum. Older examples of his top wines come to taste a lot like a mature Chevalier-Montrachet. Aside from their rosé, the wines are dominated by Chardonnay—and not the pencil-lead Chardonnay of the Côte des Blancs, but the more generous Chard that you get on the Montagne de Reims where the black grapes tend to be more dominant. Vilmart gives the wines Burgundian treatment, with fermentation and aging in barrels. But unlike a true Chevalier-Montrachet, Vilmart blocks the malos, retaining great mineral tension. More important than these "technical" details, Vilmart is obsessed with good vineyard work, has plenty of low-yielding older vines, and happens to make really delicious wines. Taste and you will learn. And if you have already learned, you will almost certainly want to taste some more!

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 90
"A fruity yet solidly complex nose of strawberries, cherries and red plum hints are delivered via an overt yeasty character. The moderately fine bead adds a good deal of life to the equally fruity yet again attractively well-layered flavors that culminate in a just off dry finish. To be clear, this is by no means sweet yet as rosé Champagne goes, this is not especially dry. Lovely."

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The NV Brut Premier Cru Cuvee Rubis flows from the glass with sensual layers of perfumed fruit, showing stunning detail, clarity and purity. This vivid, multi-dimensional Champagne is full of nuance, not to mention class. It is simply wonderful and is not to be missed. The Brut Premier Cru Cuvee Rubis is 90% Pinot Noir (including 15% still Pinot) and 10% Chardonnay (equal parts 2006 and 2005 vintages), aged in medium-sized barrels. Disgorged: December, 2008." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 94
"Lovely aromas of lilac and star anise waft from the glass of this graceful rosé Champagne, but there's a pleasing tautness imparted by the backbone of fresh acidity, well-meshed with flavors of ripe and fleshy white cherry and apricot fruit, pink grapefruit sorbet and pickled ginger. Fine, satiny finish. Disgorged June 2019. Drink now through 2025."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

grape variety 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
(15% red wine of Pinot Noir)
blend 2017, 2016, 2015
village / vyd Rilly-la-Montagne 1er Cru &
Villers-Allerands 1er Cru; Clay and limestone
malo No
breeding 10 Months in large lightning
on latte 30+ Months
disgorgement July 2020 (9)

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