NV Vilmart “Cuvée Rubis” Brut Rosé ChampagneI have followed various releases of this champagne over several years now, and it has always been a go to favorite. But the newest take, in the Tim Burton-does-Batman-black-bottle, is in a different vein than those that I had tried previously. Much more mineral, much more driven, and quite dry. The soft-summer-day-give-me-a-push-on-the-swing-set fruit has been ripped out here. This wine is vinous and out for blood. A chiseled middle weight fighter who hasn't smiled for several rounds, and perhaps has a razor blade packed in his glove. There is no caress about it: we are looking at bruises.
Maybe not the kind of rosé that everyone will like. Maybe more of a split decision.
Still, I can't help but go for another round.