Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2002 Champagne

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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 2002 vintage is one of the best Dom Ruinart's ever created.

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.

Technical Information:
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
Drink: 2014-2020

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.
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2016
17.5/20
“Disgorged September 2012. RS 6.5 g/l. Supplied by Moët Hennessy UK.
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.”
Richard Juhlin,
Decanter.com,
Dec 2015
94/100
“More about structural fascination than aromatic pleasure. With its high acidity and simultaneously rich and impressive depth, this is reminiscent of the heroic 1996, and is equipped to develop far into the future.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Aug 2014
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18/20
“Deluxe Blanc de Blancs. Really lifted nose with a lovely silky texture. Despite the low dosage (6.5 g/l) there's a certain richness of fruit underneath. This is a very good vintage! Still extremely tight with lots more to give.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
May 2014
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97/100
“Still a stunner, the 2002 Dom Ruinart is just as gorgeous as it has always been. Warm, toasty notes meld into apricots, succulent peaches, white flowers and spices in a rich, expansive Champagne that captures the essence of the year. The 2002 is pure, full-throttle opulence, yet all the elements are very much in balance. A creamy, resonant finish rounds things out in style. Multiple tastings have shown that the 2002 is shutting down in bottle, so my suggestion is to be patient. What a gorgeous wine this is. This bottle was disgorged in March 2012.”
Wine Enthusiast,
WineEnthusiast.com,
Dec 2013
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95/100
“*A Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013* A superb, mature wine that is ripe, toasty and full of yellow- and white-fruit flavors. A fine balance brings up spice, an opulent texture, a taut edge of steel and a feeling that this fine wine is ready to drink. It can age, and it will be better over the next few years as its secondary aromas stay in balance with the fruitiness.”
Wine & Spirits,
wineandspiritsmagazine.com,
Dec 2013
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95/100
“Taking the masculine power of the 2002 vintage and running with it, this comes across as massive and powerful, all of its swagger suspended by a team of needling bubbles. Oak furthers the structural intensity, as does an almost tannic leesiness, wrapped in flavors that range from vanilla custard to fresh macadamia nut. The final impression is sumptuous, tasting enough like wild mushrooms and lobster to match a dish combining the two. For now, it’s best left to rest in the cellar.”
Stephen Tanzer,
International Wine Cellar,
Dec 2013
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94/100
“Vivid gold. A heady bouquet displays scents of ripe orchard fruits, honeydew, candied citrus fruits and white flowers, along with powerful smoke and mineral nuances and a hint of vanilla. Lush, creamy and broad, displaying surprising vivacity to its intense pear, melon and orange flavors. The smoke and vanilla notes repeat on the finish, which shows superb power, focus and length. There's no hurry to drink this Champagne but it's awfully delicious right now.”
Wine Spectator,
WineSpectator.com,
Sep 2013
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96/100
“Shows beautiful, lacy texture, weaving persistent and mouthwatering acidity with flavors of patisserie pear, dried aprioct, almond paste, pickled ginger, acacia blossom and clover honey. This is underscored by a rich note of smoky minerality that rings out on the finish. Drink now through 2030.”
Antonio Galloni,
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2012
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97/100
“Now with another year of bottle age, the 2002 Brut Dom Ruinart is even better than it was last year. A huge bouquet of smoke, roasted almonds, nutmeg and graphite melds into layers of huge, exotic, super-ripe fruit. The 2002 has more than enough pure density and richness to fill out its broad shoulders nicely. It remains a big, powerful wine endowed with tons of pure structure. I can’t wait to see how the 2002 ages. It is without question one of the truly great wines ever made at this historic maison. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.”
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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