Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004

Mix 12
£144.95
Mix 6
£146.95
Per Bottle
£149.95
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Description & Technical Information
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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 2004 expression is much more restrained that its predecessors, with good balancing acidity and the lowest dosage yet. This lower dosage is all part of protecting the character and delicacy of the vintage by helping to inhibit oxidation.

Weather: The 2004 vintage saw an initial winter of mild temperatures with intermittent storms and hail. The spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late in September produced good quality fruits, especially for the Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region. Overall many experts believe that 2004 is one of the greatest vintages of the last two decades.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 69% Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | 31% Montagne de Reims: Puisieulx, Sillery
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 5.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2026

Tasting Note: A luminous yellow with pale green reflections. The nose reveals gentle notes of chestnut, coconut and fresh bread. In the mouth there is a citrus fruit freshness and a delicate mousse with real, long lingering flavours that you'd expect from such a great champagne. Very accessible now in its youth, this is sure to evolve in complexity with time.
Champagne Ruinart Overview
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Expert Reviews
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Very pale indeed. Light, delicate and flirtatious but with considerable evolution on the nose. Feather-light and a little suggestion of dosage. A little chewy on the end.”
95/100
Alison Napjus
“Showing an impressive backbone of acidity, this is dense and powerful, yet harmonious overall. The fine, creamy mousse swathesthe statuesque frame in a silky texture, with honeysuckle, graphite and hazelnut notes lending fragrant accents to the rich palate of baked white peach, toasted brioche, lemon confit and smoke. Drink now through 2030”
97/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2004 Dom Ruinart is just as brilliant and viscerally thrilling as it has always been. If anything, the 2004 has shut down considerably over the last six months. Tightly coiled and exceptionally beautiful, the 2004 boasts fabulous intensity, class and pedigree. The flavors are vibrant, chiseled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013.”
17/20
Julia Harding MW
“Disgorged June/July 2013. Tiny bubbles, not much aroma, just a hint of citrus. Light and delicate and with immense tension at the core, the freshness verging on sour apple and a slightly woody note but with those fine fine bubbles.”
96+/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2004 Dom Ruinart is seriously beautiful. A vivid, captivating Champagne, the 2004 flows across the palate with gorgeous, crystalline fruit and superb balance. Lemon, pastry, apple and white flowers are all layered into the finish. A model of total elegance, the 2004 is a wine for the patient. It won't be ready to deliver maximum pleasure for a number of years, even though it is absolutely dazzling today. The 2004 is 69% Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs and 31% Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims.”
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Awards
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IWC Silver 2016
CSWWC Gold 2016
CSWWC Gold 2015
News Articles
  1. Ruinart: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    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.
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