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R de Ruinart

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Founded in 1729, Ruinart have been making truly dry styles of Champagne consistently, and this 'R' de Ruinart sees 40% reserve wine in the mix for added layers of complexity. Made from 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, it's a crisp style that shows scents of stone fruits, pears, roast nuts and smoky funkiness on the nose, whilst the palate is dry and zippy, with fruity flavours, a decent line of lemony acidity, a creamy texture, and a long, sauntering finish. Try it as a party starter for your next special occasion.

Winemaker's Notes

A vibrant, clear yellow colour with golden reflections. Good brilliance with sustained effervescence and a very persistent foam.

At first the nose is delicate, fresh and fruity, filled with white-fleshed fruits (pears, Bosc apples), apricots, as well as hazelnuts and fresh almonds. Several floral and spicy notes add an extra hint of complexity.

The second nose reveals superb olfactory intensity on a more biscuity, brioche-like base. Frank and direct attack on the palate. A balanced wine, rounded and full-bodied, with an attack scented with ripe fruits (greengages and nectarines). The finish is long, the well-integrated dosage giving way to the characteristic freshness of the Chardonnay which makes up most of the blend.

A perfect champagne for aperitifs whatever the occasion. It may also be served with refined, light starters such as poached oysters and seared scallops, or with a main dish such as sole meunière.

It is also excellent with local cheeses with a short ripening time, such as Chaource or a very creamy Langres.

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Nick Stock says
Now under the substantial wing of LVMH, this historic house is well worth investigating. Plenty of clever complexing, assertive fruit and handy depth. The palate is taut and layered with smoky mineral flavour laced through pristine fruit. This will impress.
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The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
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