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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Second Skin 2010

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£238.00
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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
Essi Avellan
“Overall 2010 was not a great year in Champagne, but it was for some Chardonnays, as this brilliant Dom Ruinart showcases. For this Dom Ruinart vintage, the speciality is closing with natural cork for lees ageing. This is the first time for Dom Ruinart in the recent era and based on the superb results, the way it will continue. It has resulted in fabulous ageing, with stunning reductive toasty layers. The sweet coffee-and-cream nose has yeasty complexities melanging with soft, spicy tones like coconut and vanilla. The fruitiness is as pristine as it gets. Lemon curd, lime zest, orange blossom... Beautifully reductive in the aroma profile, almost like having the magnum effect in a 75cl bottle! So fine and delicious on the silky-smooth and seemingly feather-light palate. This wine shows that Chardonnay really had what it takes in that difficult year. A stunning wine that is blooming already but comes with such cool refinement and tightness that longevity is easy to predict.”
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.”
95/100
Alison Napjus
“A mineral-driven Champagne, creamy and compact, this deftly meshes a layer of smoke, chalk and saline with detailed flavors of glazed apple and apricot, roasted hazelnut and ginger-infused pastry cream carried on a raw silky mousse. The fine texture softens the firm spine of chiseled acidity that structures the wine, and hints of white blossoms, Meyer lemon and oyster shell play on the finish.”
94/100
William Kelley
“The first vintage since the 1960s to see tirage under natural cork in lieu of crown caps, the 2010 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs was disgorged in November 2021. It's showing nicely, over-performing for the vintage, displaying aromas of yellow orchard fruit, toasted nuts, spices, smoke, dried white flowers and iodine. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and layered, with impressive concentration and chalky structure, it concludes with a long, saline finish.”
94/100
James Suckling
“Almost like a white, with a smoky and flinty nose. Dried lemons, cedar, smoked almonds, spiced apples, hazelnuts, salted butter and toast. Tangy and sharp, yet creamy and buttery, too, with fine bubbles. Hazelnuts at the end. ”
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Awards
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CSWWC 2022 Supreme World Champion
CSWWC 2022 Gold
CSWWC 2022 Best In Class
CSWWC 2022 National Champion
CSWWC 2022 Regional Champion
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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