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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2006 Champagne 75cl
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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
Drink: Now to 2020
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.”
10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Ruinart wine-searcher.com, 13th November 2013
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The house of Ruinart is unlike any other and was the very first established Champagne House, founded on 1st September 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Nicolas started in the linen trade and it became his tradition to present his customers with champagne as a token of goodwill, but it was so well appreciated that eventually his trade in linen was replace by a business in 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.
Ruinart’s chalk mines are like underground cathedrals. Classified as a historical monument in 1931, these grandiose cellars were dug by hand 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 vibration and a constant temperature and hygrometry: ideal conditions for the fermentation and maturation of Ruinart cuvées.
Driven by a constant quest for excellence, the house selected Chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, as the common thread for all of its cuvées. The champagnes are exquisite and of exceptional quality but this Champagne house remains a name known mainly to the trade – at the loss of consumers who are missing something truly special!