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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2010

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£242.00
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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.

Dom Ruinart 2010 marks a major step in the winemaking process with the return of a once common practice: cork stoppers for ageing on lees. This process has been trialled by the cellarmasters of Ruinart since the 1998 vintage. On tasting these first trials ten years on, the difference was significant: the bottles with corks revealed tenser wine with an additional layer of complexity. Although cork is porous, over a long period of time, it remains extremely stable while metal caps allow small amounts of oxygen to continually enter the bottle. After manual disgorging, necessary for Champagne aged under cork, a tiny amount of liqueur is then added for roundness. With just 4 grams of sugar per litre, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2010 is Extra Brut.

Weather: The 2010 harvest was marked by a very cold winter with heavy frost patches. Weather improved in the spring and early summer months with cool and consistent temperatures. During August and September storms and humid conditions complicated the ripening process and much of the Pinot Noir being thin skinned largely succumbed to rot. Dom Perignon's vineyards in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay produced some outstanding Pinot Noir, but there weren't many examples of great PN from 2010. By contrast Chardonnay was super high quality, one of the best Chardonnay years within the last ten years.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 90% Côte des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | 10% Montagne de Reims: Puisieulx & Sillery
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 9 years
Disgorged: March 2020
Dosage: 4 g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now to 2034+

Tasting Note: Really deep flavoured. Very obviously more depth of flavour and tension than the 2009 Dom Ruinart. The cork ageing does seem to enhance the savoury, reduced character reminiscent of white burgundy. Very long with lemon notes. A truly exciting wine that is still extremely youthful. - Tasted by Jancis Robinson MW
Champagne Ruinart Overview
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Expert Reviews
97+/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2010 Dom Ruinart is truly epic. It’s also an eye-opening wine. And I do mean wine. Because the first impression is really of wine more than Champagne. The 2010 signals a major shift in philosophy as Dom Ruinart is now aged entirely under cork (rather than crown seal) as it was back in the early 1960s. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and white pepper all race across the palate, announcing a Champagne of stature, breed and pure class. All the elements build as the 2010 crescendos into its intensely saline, mineral-drenched finish. The low dosage of 4 grams per liter is perfectly judged. I try to avoid the tired clichés that make comparisons with Burgundy, but it is impossible here. The best way I can describe the 2010 Dom Ruinart is that it tastes like a great Corton-Charlemagne with bubbles. Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaiotis has poured his heart and soul into Ruinart since arriving in 2007. He richly deserves all the accolades he will surely garner for this masterpiece, an achievement that is made all the more notable by the challenges of the growing season. The 2010 Dom Ruinart is unreal. That’s all there is to it. Disgorged: 2020.
Drinking Window 2028 – 2050”
17.5+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Really deep flavoured. Very obviously more depth of flavour and tension than the 2009 Dom Ruinart. The cork ageing does seem to enhance the savoury, reduced character reminiscent of white burgundy. Very long with lemon notes. A truly exciting wine that is still extremely youthful.
Drink 2022 - 2034”
18.5+
Nick Baker
“There is a significant impact of “yellow fruits” plum, ripe lemon, pineapple and hints of mango with another layer of creamy patisserie with hints of spice. It has a real power on the palate, you see the chalk impact of the Cote des Blancs Grand Crus vineyards, they add to the mid palate soft texture and bring a real saline finish giving this champagne intensity, yet a delicate and light finish. The champagne really changes and evolves and opens and there is some more complex umami charm and spicy notes as it develops in the glass. A very drinkable style that seems much richer than the 4 g/l dosage suggests.”
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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