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 James Suckling: "A blend of pinot noir (70%) and chardonnay (30%), this has a profound sense of harmony on both the nose and palate. Aromas of grilled nuts, pepper and lightly spiced wild raspberry fruits are pristine, leading to a palate that has beautifully supple, fleshy texture. The acidity is assertive, not harsh; the depth, balance and concentration is really something. Drink now whilst fresh or up to three years. (7/10/15)"
17.5/20 points Tom Stevenson (The World of Fine Wine): "Lovely soft mousse supporting fine, yeast-complexed fruit and a creamy-textured finish. (Issue #37; 2012)"
Richard Juhlin: "(70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay). Since all of Vilmart's wines ferment and are matured for ten months in oak barrels, all the wines get a unified, personal character with spicy tones... an utterly delicious standard wine with rich flavour. Wonderful when stored, as it turns out. Like an expressive white Burgundy. (May 2011)"
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay|