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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998

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Description & Technical Information
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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 12 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2010
Dosage: 6.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2026

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.
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Expert Reviews
Jancis Robinson MW
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.”
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News Articles
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    Ruinart: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    March 26, 2019

    As a winemaker, Ruinart Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis is excited by vintage 2018, "a year of extremes." However, as a human, he's worried about what it signifies for our changing climate. We tasted the vins clairs from this exceptional year at the house in Reims.
  2. Ruinart: 2017 Vins Clairs and Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007

    Ruinart: 2017 Vins Clairs and Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007

    April 19, 2018

    Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis talked us through the 2017 vintage for Champagne Ruinart. Although a difficult year for Pinots, we tasted some stunning Chardonnay vins clairs and sampled the upcoming Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007.
  3. TFB Launch Night - Part 1

    TFB Launch Night - Part 1

    December 5, 2014

    Our launch night was a huge success and took place at Moët Hennessy's London office. Here is Part 1 of our video coverage, featuring Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 1998 from magnum.
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