93 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2015 base vintage; disgorged June 2017; 30% chardonnay, 70% pinot noir; Rilly-la-Montagne and Villers-Allerand; 2014 reserves; fermented and aged 10 months in large oak foudres; no malolactic fermentation; 9g/L dosage). Grand Réserve and Rubis are Vilmart’s only cuvées led by pinot noir, and they never hit quite the high notes of the other cuvées. That said, this is the best Grande Réserve in five years, a well-crafted, harmonious and seamless cuvée of layered complexity of yellow fruits of all kinds. Excellent tension of grapefruit and lemon contrasts with the ripeness of spicy white peach. Large oak-foudre fermentation integrates the tension of malic acidity and the prominent chalk minerality of the northern slopes of the Montagne de Reims with the wonderfully creamy texture and toasty, spicy expansiveness of old oak. It’s a compelling accord, concluding with definition and freshness. (2020-2021)"
92 points Wine Spectator: "A bright, harmonious Champagne, with a lovely vibrancy to the finely detailed bead that effortlessly carries the flavor range, including crunchy Asian pear, tangerine and slivered almond notes that show hints of grated ginger and elderflower. Ends with a lasting, creamy finish. Disgorged October 2019. Drink now through 2025. (10/15/21)"
||Champagne / Sparkling Blend
||70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay