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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004 ChampagneMore vintages: 1998, 2002The longest-established Champagne house of all, Ruinart has an affinity with chardonnay's freshness, finesse and elegance and all of its finest cuvées lead with this variety, even its prestige rosé. "We hate oxygen!" declares Frederic Panaïotis, Chef de Cave; Ruinart use a pneumatic press to guard the juice against oxidation and nitrogen gas to protect the wine at every production stage. They are also adverse to oak; vinification only takes place in stainless steel. This meticulous attention to detail along with the distinctive rounded bottles, give Ruinart its well deserved reputation.
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru Chardonnay, predominantly from the Côte des Blancs and the rest from the Montagne de Reims. Compared to the 2002 which is very full and rich, the 2004 vintage may well have better longevity as it is more restrained and with good balancing acidity. The champagne has the lowest dosage of its predecessors; 5.5g/l. This lower dosage is all part of protecting its delicacy, lower dosages are well regarded as helping to inhibit oxidation.
A luminous yellow with pale green reflections; the nose reveals gentle notes of chestnut, coconut and fresh bread. In the mouth, there is a citrus fruit freshness and a delicate mousse with real, long lingering flavours that you'd expect in such a great champagne. Very accessible now in its youth, it will be great to see this one evolve.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 5.5 g/L
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles. Ruinart Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“Very pale indeed. Light, delicate and flirtatious but with considerable evolution on the nose. Feather-light and a little suggestion of dosage. A little chewy on the end.”
“Showing an impressive backbone of acidity, this is dense and powerful, yet harmonious overall. The fine, creamy mousse swathesthe statuesque frame in a silky texture, with honeysuckle, graphite and hazelnut notes lending fragrant accents to the rich palate of baked white peach, toasted brioche, lemon confit and smoke. Drink now through 2030”
“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 flavors are vibrant, chiseled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013.”
“Disgorged June/July 2013. Tiny bubbles, not much aroma, just a hint of citrus. Light and delicate and with immense tension at the core, the freshness verging on sour apple and a slightly woody note but with those fine fine bubbles.”
“The 2004 Dom Ruinart is seriously beautiful. A vivid, captivating Champagne, the 2004 flows across the palate with gorgeous, crystalline fruit and superb balance. Lemon, pastry, apple and white flowers are all layered into the finish. A model of total elegance, the 2004 is a wine for the patient. It won't be ready to deliver maximum pleasure for a number of years, even though it is absolutely dazzling today. The 2004 is 69% Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs and 31% Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims.”
Q&A: Champagne Ruinart's Master Blender wine-searcher.com, 28th April 2015
10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Ruinart wine-searcher.com, 13th November 2013
The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. The very first established Champagne House, founded on September 1, 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Nicolas started in the linen trade, and it became his custom to present his customers with Champagne as a token of goodwill, but it was so well appreciated that eventually the trade in linen was replace by Champagne.
His uncle, a learned Benedictine monk called Dom Thierry Ruinart who was a friend and confidant of Dom Pérignon had incredible insight. He foretold that this new "wine with bubbles", developed in his native region of Champagne and which the royal courts of Europe adored, was destined for a bright future.
The creation of the House of Ruinart coincided with the dawn of the Enlightenment in France and of the French "art de vivre". A culture of everything good and beautiful, began to emerge in France with people favouring fine and elegant, light and sophisticated, delicate and rare tastes. The Runiart cuvées naturally found their place. Then with the Royal Decree of May 25, 1728 the gates of Europe were also opened up to Champagne. Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. Prior to this decree, lack of investment in glass bottles made it so that they were too fragile to be shipped outside of the Champagne region.
The House of Ruinart's chalk mines are like underground cathedrals of chalk that were first exploited during the Gallo-Roman period. These grandiose cellars were classified as a historical monument in 1931. They were dug by hand - the deepest measuring 38 meters in height beneath the vault - and their numerous tunnels criss-cross over a length of more than eight kilometres.Luminous white, these chalk mines spread over three levels offer a total absence of vibrations and a constant temperature and hygrometry: the ideal conditions for the fermentation and maturation of Ruinart cuvées.
Over time, they have been the historic and privileged witnesses of the House's greatest moments. When the firms buildings were destroyed during the Battle of the Marne, André Ruinart literally went underground conducting the firm's affairs from one of the crayères. When further shelling flooded his cellars, he simply lashed the office furniture to a wooden platform and it was business as usual from a raft floating in a massive gallery 80 feet below ground.
Ruinart has long maintained privileged relations with the world of art. In 1896, André Ruinart asked the greatest illustrator of his time, Alfons Mucha, to create an advertisement, the modernity of which caused quite a stir. Its commitment to the art world is today expressed through its participation in the greatest international art fairs, but also and above all through its commissions. Soon to celebrate its 300th anniversary, the House of Ruinart is "inspirational" and is today the muse of numerous famous artists all over the world.
Driven by a constant quest for excellence, the House selected Chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, as the common thread for all its cuvées. The wines are exquisite and of exceptional quality but very much a name that is known mainly to the trade and less to the consumer who is missing something special!
» Ruinart The Home of Blanc de Blancs - Chardonnay quietly ageing
» Ruinart's Chef de Cave, Chief Wine maker Frédéric Panaiotis
» The Chardonnay Grape - Waiting for Ruinart to work its magic!
» Ruinart in Reims
» One of Ruinart's Vineyards in the Côte des Blancs
» The Crayères in the cool cellars some of the deepest in Reims at Dom Ruinart
» The cool of the the Crayères at Dom Ruinart gently ageing for 10 years before release
» Ruinart the first established Champagne House in 1729 & inspired by a monk well ahead of his time