Champagne Vilmart “Grand Cellier Rubis” 2011 [6/cs]

France Champagne
Pinot Noir
Type: Sparkling Wine
Vintage: 2011

“From 55-year-old vines and aged for ten months in small oak barrels (no malolactic fermentation done), the rare 2011 Premier Cru Grand Cellier Rubis displays an orange shimmering rosé colour and has a deep, rich and complex bouquet with toasty brioche and nutty notes intermixed with lovely red fruit and floral aromas. Full-bodied but pure, fresh and very elegant on the palate, with concentrated fruit and good structure, this is a highly delicate but persistent cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir (saignée) and 40% Chardonnay. It is complex and long on the vinous finish. This sample was disgorged in April 2016. Tasted in April 2018.”

93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2018


“The 2011 Grand Cellier Rubis is a very pretty wine, with attractive hints of dried flowers, mint and dried cherry. In this tasting, the 2011 comes across as a bit compact, with the fruit pushed into the background and a slightly dry textural feel. It will be interesting to see if the wine gains a bit more mid-palate depth and body. At this stage, it looks like Laurent Champs successfully avoided the pitfalls of 2011, specifically the vegetal quality that afflicts so many wines. Even so, I would not push my luck with aging. Champs adds that 2003, 2007 and 2011 were all harvested in August, which is highly unusual in Champagne, but that in 2011 he waited an additional five days for the fruit to be as phisiologically ripe as possible before he brought it in. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir (all saignée) and 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged January 2017. Dosage is 7 grams per litre.”

92 points, Antonio Galloni, July 2018