Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 Champagne

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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 - Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £279.95 £285.00 £290.00
Champagne Ruinart Overview
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The prestige cuvée of Champagne Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru only, pure-Chardonnay blend. With grapes sourced predominantly from the Côte des Blancs, this cuvée is a firm and muscular champagne with a reductive style that rewards patience if left in the cellar. The 1998 vintage, originally considered very good, has continuously been reappraised over the years and as a consequence is now considered an excellent vintage, producing champagnes with incredible ageing potential.

Weather: The 1998 vintage shows all the hallmarks of a truly outstanding year. The features of the vintage were a high natural sugar content in the grapes and an excellent level of acidity, indicating an exceptional overall balance and long ageing potential.

News Article: At our Launch Event in November 2014, Richard Bampfield MW guided guests through a horizontal tasting of a range of prestige cuvées from 1998. Watch his six minute video about Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 12 years on the lees
Disgorged (magnum): 2010
Dosage: 6.5 g/l
Drink: 2012-2022

Tasting Note: Fine bubble and hints of citrus fruit on the nose. On the palate this champagne is quite rich: a very expressive and complex wine. Intense on the mid-palate and with very good length, this is still very youthful - especially from magnum.

We acquired these magnums directly from MHUK in April 2015 when a second release was announced. The magnums are stunning: something happens with champagne aged in magnum, their evolution slows and it's like a little magic is sprinkled. Factors come into play that we can't always explain and what was a superbly rich champagne seems even more developed and complex. If you enjoy Dom Ruinart, you have to experience the same champagne in magnum. It's differently amazing.

The 1.5L magnums of Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 are presented in a high-quality branded gift box as shown in the bottom left picture.
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2015
18.5/20
“Tasted blind. Disgorged March 2011.
Mellow, sweeter, rounder than the other sample, from a bottle, though it should have been tighter because this magnum was disgorged a year later. ”
Julia Harding MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Nov 2014
17/20
“Disgorged 2008. From magnum. Pale gold. Lightly toasty but with a green hint of herbs and a woody quality, a touch of spice. Not as much development as I would have expected. Both herbal and toasty on the palate too. Precise. Quite rich on the palate, the bubbles still fine and very good length. Good intensity on the mid palate.”
Richard Hemming,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2014
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17/20
“From magnum. Dosage 7.5 g/l. Lovely smoky bacon character. Sweet coffee, lots of crab apple character. Quite gamey, almost – mushroom and umami. Still very youthful and tight. Very creamy texture.”
Richard Juhlin ,
ChampagneClub.com,
Apr 2012
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90/100
“Very pleasant, but too young at present. The beautiful, subtle spectrum that blossoms out when the wine is mature is also there now however. So stick it out and let the faint floral tones be transformed into tones that arouse more interest, and wait for increased concentration and intensity. The toasty notes came February 2009.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Dec 2010
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94/100
“The 1998 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart, on the other hand, is breathtaking. This beautiful, precise wine flows with an array of smoke, toastiness, ripe Chardonnay fruit and minerals. The 1998 is a wonderfully open, at times highly expressive Dom Ruinart that nevertheless appears to have the freshness and vibrancy to age well for a number of years. The pointed, refined finish leaves a lasting impression. Today the 1998 remains painfully young and austere, especially after it sits in the glass a while. This is a terrific effort from Ruinart and Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis. This is Lot LAFSIBB.”
Roger Voss,
Wine Enthusiast,
Dec 2008
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95/100
“Rich, toasty, mature, this important Champagne is all those things. It’s certainly mature for a 1998 vintage, which means it would be delicious to drink now. But the ripeness, allied to the serious acidity and wood structure, do suggest that it’s likely to age more.”
Bought directly from Moët Hennessy, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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