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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2002 Champagne
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Famed for their affinity for the white-grape variety, Chardonnay dominates the blend in all of Ruinart's finest cuvées, even their prestige rosé. Favouring the reductive style, they use a a pneumatic press to guard the juice against oxidation and deploy nitrogen gas to protect the wine at every production stage. They are also adverse to oak and vinify all of their wines in stainless-steel tanks. Cosmopolitan and savvy, Ruinart produce approachable, muscular and vinous champagnes that deserve recognition beyond the trade industry within which they are currently most well-known.
Cellar Master: Frédéric Panaïotis
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): Not communicated
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
News Article: Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2002 performed well in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 72% Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly | 28% Montagne de Reims: Puisieulx, Sillery
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Disgorged: September 2012
Dosage: 6.5 g/l
Tasting Note: This is one of the finest Blanc de Blancs champagnes on the market. A vibrant, clear yellow colour with aromas of fresh plums and nashi pears. The freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates in the mouth and the result is a focused purity of exceptional length. The distinctive clear bottle for Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is based on an 18th century original and its Chardonnay persona is harmonious and elegant, capturing the House style.
Tasted blind. Pale gold. Less obvious nose than the Belle Epoque it was served with but it opened out and became broader. Very frothy and savoury. Some sweetness. I don’t immediately recognise this but I like the length. Very tense and tight. More obvious acidity than the Belle Epoque led me to wonder whether it was Lanson.”
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
Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
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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!