2004 Champagne Dom Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Brut

2004 Champagne Dom Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Brut

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2004 Champagne Dom Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Brut

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The 2004 Dom Ruinart is just as brilliant and viscerally thrilling as it has always been. If anything, the 2004 has shut down considerably over the last six months. Tightly coiled and exceptionally beautiful, the 2004 boasts fabulous intensity, class and pedigree. The flavours are vibrant, chiselled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013.

Dom Ruinart remains arguably the least well-known of Champagne's grand marques. With wines like these, I can't imagine that is going to be the case too much longer. Both of these Champagnes have been in the market for some time, but that extra time has only done wonders for these wines, both of which are off the charts.

Drink 2015 - 2034

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (November 2014)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous97/100

The 2004 Dom Ruinart is just as brilliant and viscerally thrilling as it has always been. If anything, the 2004 has shut down considerably over the last six months. Tightly coiled and exceptionally beautiful, the 2004 boasts fabulous intensity, class and pedigree. The flavours are vibrant, chiselled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013.

Dom Ruinart remains arguably the least well-known of Champagne's grand marques. With wines like these, I can't imagine that is going to be the case too much longer. Both of these Champagnes have been in the market for some time, but that extra time has only done wonders for these wines, both of which are off the charts.

Drink 2015 - 2034

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (November 2014)

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Josh Raynolds, Vinous94/100

Vivid yellow. Pungent, heady aromas of ripe pear, orange pith, brioche and toasty lees, with a stony nuance adding lift and urgency. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavours that pick up minerality and smokiness with air. It finishes sappy, penetrating and very long, with slow-building sweetness and a note of buttered toast.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (December 2014)

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Wine Advocate94/100

Disgorged in February 2016 with a 4.5 grams per litre dosage, the 2004 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs offers up notes of sweet citrus oil, toasted nuts, dried white flowers and smoke, followed by a medium to full-bodied, creamy and textural palate underpinned by lively acids and concluding with a saline finish. The 2004 is more classically proportioned than the 2006 but doesn't possess as much depth or concentration.

Drink 2019 - 2035

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (August 2019)

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Jancis Robinson MW18/20

Tasted blind. Round, sweetly broad nose. Rather loose and flirtatious. Light and quite delicate. Lacy. Pretty. Comtes?

Drink 2016 - 2026

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (December 2019)

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James Suckling95/100

This is deep and more layered than many, with an already complex and sweet-smelling nutty and toasty edge; it really has a very deliberate, almost showy style of toasty character. It opens to revel in freshly squeezed lemon juice, peach fruits, grilled nuts, and hints of spices and flowers. Very, very complex. The palate has compression and focus, impressive acidity, and a long, super-attractive mid-palate. There's an almost sherbet-like fresh layer amid great depth, drive and focus. All the while, it retains a thread of creamy, fleshy fruit presence.

Dosage is lowest ever for Dom Ruinart in 2004 at 5.5g per litre. A vintage Blanc de Blancs from exclusively Grand Cru vineyards: 69% Côte des Blancs and the balance from Montagne de Reims. This has spent nine years on the lees and was disgorged in August 2014 (note multiple disgorgements of this vintage).

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (October 2016)

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About this WINE

Champagne Ruinart

Champagne Ruinart

Ruinart is a low profile, yet select, Champagne house which is steeped in history. It dates back to the 17th century, the time of the famous Dom Pérignon. It was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart in the city of Reims, the year after a Royal Decree in 1728 whereby Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. This opened the gates of Europe to champagne and thus makes Ruinart the oldest Champagne House. Nicolas' uncle was Dom Thierry Ruinart, close friend to Dom Pérignon himself and an inspiration behind the creation of this house after the Dom’s death. Its Gallo-Roman chalk cellars are now a UNESCO-classified historical monument and every two years the finest sommeliers in Europe gather there to compete for the Trophée Ruinart.

Since the second world war the house has become synonymous with class and its production of only 1.7 million bottles per annum is small compared to other grande marques. It is now part of the LVMH group that also owns Moët & Chandon.

The house style emphasises the pre-eminence of Chardonnay over Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The 'R' de Ruinart NV contains 40% Chardonnay minimum, with 25% reserve wines. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, sourced predominantly from Premier Cru vineyards, while Ruinart Brut Rosé is typically 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot, of which 18% is red wine, so following the assemblage, rather than the saignée method of rosé production.

The Dom Ruinart range, named for the spiritual father of the House, represents the prestige cuvées of the house. Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru Chardonnay, predominantly from the Côte des Blancs (70%) and the remainder from the Montagne de Reims.

Dom Ruinart Rosé champagne has the same basis as the Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) to which 15%-20% red wine (Pinot Noir from Verzenay and Verzy) has been added. These are amazingly rich and pure in youth developing red Burgundian notes with long ageing such as in the 1988 or 1990 vintages.

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Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs

In Champagne, the term Blanc de Blancs designates Champagnes made only from Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards located between Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger in Cote de Blancs yield the best examples of the style.

A classic Blanc de Blancs is restrained and elegant when young, yet with ageing it develops a mouth-coating brioche richness that overlays an intense expression of fruitiness. Blanc de Blancs are endowed with longer ageing potential than a typical Blanc de Noirs.

Recommended Producers: Salon, Billecart Salmon, Jacques Selosse, Dom Ruinart, Krug, Le Mesnil Grand CruGuy Larmandier

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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