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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2006 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 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 63% Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | 37% Montagne de Reims: Puisieulx, Sillery
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 4.5 g/l
Tasting Note: This champagne is a pale yellow with green reflections, that on the nose presents a very fresh and fruity note, an abundance of lemon, nectarines and other white fleshy fruits with a more floral ending. On the palate a slightly toasted brioche flavour gives way to an elegance of citrus and natural sweetness with plenty of refreshing acidity.
2006 displayed extremes of a continental growing season: a very cold winter followed by a hot summer, complicated by a cool August and sunny September, then rain calling for fast picking. No surprise then that the hardier Chardonnay was the unsung saviour for non-oxidative winemaking.
From 100% grand cru Chardonnay. Flowing bubbles and gorgeous aromas, inherently rich but with aristocratic poise akin to a fine Puligny Montrachet. Magically opulent yet with a firm grip and core, a vegetative structure in the best sense. Long, youthful finale. Disgorged January 2016.”
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!