We are delighted to be able to offer the critically acclaimed new release of Dom Ruinart 2004 and a small parcel of the magnificent 2002; two of the finest Champagne vintages of the last 100 years. Dom Ruinart and Ruinart Blanc de Blancs are uniquely famed for being made from 100% Chardonnay and Ruinart Blanc de Blancs non-vintage (NV) out vies its competitors in prestige and price. Equally Dom Ruinart the house’s prestige cuvee occupies a special place in the world of vintage champagne.
The Maison was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart and today it is owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), having first been sold to Dom Perignon in 1963. LVMH keep Dom Ruinart separate from the rest of its stable, deliberately focusing on restaurants, hotels and the on-trade at large, avoiding supermarkets and wholesalers This maintains it prestigious iconic status and makes it a collectors’ item.
Ruinart holds pride of place as the oldest established Champagne House, producing champagne since 1729. In fact the genesis of Champagne began with an edict from Louis XV, permitting wine to be transferred in bottles, opposed to barrels. This, for the first time, saw Champagne exported to distant markets and no longer confined foremost within its production area. Dom Ruinart stole a march on the other great Champagne houses, exporting for the first time in 1730, thereby cementing its global brand built around it prestigious 100% Chardonnay style.
Dom Ruinart represents the acme of the estate’s class and ability to maximise Chardonnay, creating a crisp, elegant and incredibly age worthy cuvee, which develops supreme nutty and brioche flavours with age, while maintaining a wonderful balance and delightful fresh minerality and structure. 70% of the grapes for the Grand Cru Chardonnay predominate from the Cote de Blanc, with the remainder heralding from Montagne de Reims.
Many column inches have been written extolling the great 2002 and 2004 vintages, they rival the majestic 1996 and 1990 vintages, which they parallel and possibly some houses surpass. The 2002 and 2004 cost 38% less than the 1995 and 54% less than the 1990, making them an intelligent buy, particularly considering the the low production of the Maison, which including all their Champagnes taken together, produce half that of Dom Perignon. Thereon Dom Ruinart’s production at one tenth of the Maison’s overall production.
Dom Ruinart 2004, 6×75 - £460 or £570.94 incl. duty and VAT
Antonio Galloni – 96+ points
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.
Dom Ruinart 2002, 6×75 - £470 or £582.94 incl. duty and VAT
Antonio Galloni – 97 points
Still a stunner, the 2002 Dom Ruinart is just as gorgeous as it has always been. Warm, toasty notes meld into apricots, succulent peaches, white flowers and spices in a rich, expansive Champagne that captures the essence of the year. The 2002 is pure, full-throttle opulence, yet all the elements are very much in balance. A creamy, resonant finish rounds things out in style. Multiple tastings have shown that the 2002 is shutting down in bottle, so my suggestion is to be patient. What a gorgeous wine this is. This bottle was disgorged in March 2012.
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