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Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004 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): Undisclosed
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.
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.
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!