Past, Present and Future – Tasting New and Old Vintages at Ruinart

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Ruinart´s style is about aromatic freshness, pure fruit flavors and immense drinkability. The wines are always on the gently reductive side, made with zero oak, but 100% malolactic fermentation. Still, Ruinart never shows any malolactic flavors. While the wines are of substance and juice, they are mostly of focus and decent phenolic grip – especially in their youth. A distinct style that shows in all wines from their cellars.

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We visited the Maison to taste the new vintages of Ruinart´s Blanc de Blancs as well as their Rosé Champagne last week. During our stay we also had the chance to taste all other wines of the Maison plus a range of matured vintages.

2006 was a hot and rather wet vintage that delivered plentiful crop of good ripeness with little botrytis. Therefore, strict selection was essential during harvest from 7th to 25th of September.
Dom Ruinart´s 2006 Blanc de Blancs fruit comes mostly from the villages of Chouilly, Le Mesnil and Avize (total of 63% from the Cote de Blancs) and  from Sillery and Puisieulx (total of 37% from Montagne de Reims).

It shows very fresh from the beginning with aromas of citrus, stone fruit, white florals, delicate spiciness, little toasty notes and chalky minerality. Showing the distinct Ruinart fingerprint on the palate with gentle green grip, immense freshness, elegance and, yet, lots of substance and presence. Flavors of yellow fruits, some brioche and fine spiciness stand out. Acidity (6,9gr/l) gives life and focus while balancing the sweetness. Thanks to the natural ripeness of the vintage dosage was low (4,5gr/l).
A beautiful Blanc de Blancs for medium-term enjoyment!

Dom Ruinart 2004 Rosé benefited from a rather hot and dry 2004 vintage. Lots of sunshine, little rain and warm temperatures led to an excellent and healthy crop. The 2004 Rosé champagne is very aromatic and inviting with a nose of guava, lychee, raspberry, rose pedal, some stone fruits and delicate minerality. It is very pure and crisp on the palate as citrus, orange zest and red fruits appear. Herbal freshness and little spiciness create, together with vibrant acidity (7,3gr/l), tension. Great length, complexity and drinking pleasure in a Rosé of 81% Chardonnay and 19% Pinot Noir. Even though in its youth, it is already great to drink, but will provide even more fun and fascination over its long future.

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Amongst many beautifully matured champagnes we tasted during our visit the 1998 and 1990 Rosé stood out.
Dom Ruinart 1998 Rosé (MAGNUM) is still youthfully tight, fresh and dense. Tropical fruit, citrus and raspberry, fine spiciness and herbaceous notes create an almost ethereal weightlessness. The wine is focused, precise and vibrant on the palate. Structured for eternity with vital acidity, great length and complexity. An exceptional champagne!
Dom Ruinart 1990 Rosé (MAGNUM) started very dark and ripe, but gained focus and freshness with more aeration. Ripe stone fruit, berries, smoky layers, dried leaves, forest floor, mushrooms and orange peel create a multi-layered, intriguing aroma profile. Ripe and juicy on the palate with a solid backbone of fine acidity and lots of substance.
Everything you would expect from a great champagne from an brillant vintage.

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