Champagne ‘Cuvee Rubis’ (New Label), Vilmart & Cie
Rubis NV is 10% Chardonnay, 90% Pinot Noir, macerated on its skins for color. In previous years this has been produced by adding 15 or so percent of red wine, but this disgorgement was produced as a saignee. The wine comes from the 2010 and 2009 vintages, all sourced from Rilly-la-Montagne. Like all of Vilmart’s cuvees, this wine does not go through malolactic fermentation and spends time in oak. For the NV wines, oak aging is in large cask from 500-2000 liter. The current disgorgement spent about 18 months sur latte and was disgorged in September of 2012.
cépage 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
assemblage 60% 2012 and 40% 2011
info/source Rilly-la-Montagne 1er Cru
élevage 10 months in large oak casks
sur latte 24+ Months
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The current blend is 80% 2012 and 20% ’11, deg. 10/2014. It’s 90-10 PN/CH. At some point this year it will be superseded by a ’13-’12 blend. It remains a gracious and sophisticated Rosé, among the classiest in all of Champagne.
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Press & Reviews
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. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016.
Proprietor Laurent Champs makes some of the most elegant, refined wines in Champagne. All of the wines are aged in oak ranging from large, neutral casks to small barriques, some of which are new for the top selections. Few producers have been able to find such impeccable balance using oak. A hint of Ramonet here, a suggestion of Leflaive there....simply put, these are majestic wines that no one who loves fine Champagne will want to be without.
This fresh sparkling rose shows lovely balance and a refined bead, with a pleasing tanginess to the citrusy acidity and sea salt hints that accent the flavors of creme de cassis, smoke, white cherry and almond skin. Offers a clean, minerally finish. Drink now through 2018. 150 cases imported. -A.N.
(90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay, from 2010 and 2009; aged on its lees for 15 months and disgorged in September, 2012): Pale pink. High-pitched raspberry, floral pastille and spicecake aromas are deepened by notes of iodine and anise. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering intense red berry flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Finishes sappy and long, with exotic spice and floral nuances and lingering minerality.
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.
Made from equal parts 2007 and 2006, this is 90 percent pinot noir and ten percent chardonnay, with a portion of the pinot noir vinified as red wine. 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. Last tasted: 5/10
The NV Brut Cuvée Rubis impresses for its length, roundness and balance. Even though the Rubis is 90% Pinot Noir, it is an especially silky Pinot with distinct Chardonnay leanings that informs this gorgeous and hugely appealing Rosé Champagne. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices linger on the delicate, gracious finish. The Cuvée Rubis is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, vintages 2010 and 2009, aged in cask. This bottle was disgorged in September 2012.