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Dom Ruinart Blanc

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Dom Ruinart is the top champagne from Ruinart, and this one is from a great vintage. Made from 100% chardonnay, this is a very floral number showing aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, along with white stone fruits and citrus. The palate is elegant and dry, with abundant apple, pear and subtle toasty flavours, a creamy mouthfeel, and a bold stone fruity finish that lingers. Excellent stiff destined for a special occasion.

Winemaker's Notes

Dom Ruinart 2002 reveals a vibrant, clear yellow colour enhanced with highlights of green almond. The mousse is fine and elegant.

The youth of the wine is evident on the nose with aromas of white flowers (linden blossom), fresh yellow plums, nashi pears and bergamot citrus character. Allowing it to breathe reveals a rich base, with notes of biscuits and coconut followed by hazelnuts. The intensity is highlighted by a mineral, minty freshness.

On the palate the freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates with superb mineral quality and a touch of gunflint. The result is a focussed purity and exceptional length supported by subtle effervescence and beautifully integrated vibrant acidity.

The spectacular brightness of Dom Ruinart 2002 makes it the quintessential Champagne for aperitifs. Softened by a few extra months of aging, it will also pair perfectly with food which compliments its mineral qualities and fruity character: fine slices of scallops marinated in seaweed and tomato water or a marinade of scampi and a light kaffir lime peel cream.

Dom Ruinart 2002 is born from a great vintage and cellaring it for several years will be advantageous when pairing it with dishes with very intense flavours.

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Dom Ruinart Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Part of the LVMH group, and its profile arguably starved of oxygen by Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. However, the style choice is dramatically different, the wines made reductively and without any oak influence. This wine reflects the intensity and power of the ‘02 vintage in all its glory, white flower and blossom aromas, and citrus and white peach flavours, the latter accelerating on the end of the palate into the ultimate peacock’s tail. And, yes, it’s more expensive than Krug.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
97
Tyson Stelzer (1998 Vintage) says
"This is serious, not something you drink on the beach, unless it's late at night and you're not alone!" says Ruinart Chef de Caves Frederic Pana•otis. Finely crafted and mineral with all the complexity of long lees ageing.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
95
Nick Stock (1998 Vintage) says
The top tier of the Ruinart range, this vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne has a richness, complexity and generousity to it that will appeal to many. Dark, toasty autolysis aromas of brioche, biscuits and bread mix, with lemon peel and pith, plenty of chalk and an earthy, fresh-sliced mushroom note. The palate's flavoursome, mouth-filling and unashamedly rich, with ample dosage and plenty of stone fruit, pastry, lemon curd and spice, leading through to a toasty, savoury finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
94

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