2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
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.
Shows beautiful, lacy texture, weaving persistent and mouthwatering acidity with flavors of patisserie pear, dried aprioct, almond paste, pickled ginger, acacia blossom and clover honey. This is underscored by a rich note of smoky minerality that rings out on the finish. Drink now through 2030. (Insider)
Wine & Spirits
Taking the masculine power of the 2002 vintage and running with it, this comes across as massive and powerful, all of its swagger suspended by a team of needling bubbles. Oak furthers the structural intensity, as does an almost tannic leesiness, wrapped in flavors that range from vanilla custard to fresh macadamia nut. The final impression is sumptuous, tasting enough like wild mushrooms and lobster to match a dish combining the two. For now, it’s best left to rest in the cellar.
*A Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013* A superb, mature wine that is ripe, toasty and full of yellow- and white-fruit flavors. A fine balance brings up spice, an opulent texture, a taut edge of steel and a feeling that this fine wine is ready to drink. It can age, and it will be better over the next few years as its secondary aromas stay in balance with the fruitiness.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. A heady bouquet displays scents of ripe orchard fruits, honeydew, candied citrus fruits and white flowers, along with powerful smoke and mineral nuances and a hint of vanilla. Lush, creamy and broad, displaying surprising vivacity to its intense pear, melon and orange flavors. The smoke and vanilla notes repeat on the finish, which shows superb power, focus and length. There's no hurry to drink this Champagne but it's awfully delicious right now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Close to 30% of the Chardonnay that as always (despite the absence of 'blanc de blancs' from its label) dominates Ruinart’s prestige cuvee comes – specifically in the case of their 2002 Brut Dom Ruinart – from the northern Montagne de Reims, though the rest is from the Cote des Blancs (predominantly Avize and Chouilly). Hints of lees autolysis and heliotrope perfume cap a nose in which very ripe sickle pear predominates. Happily, an efficacious squirt of fresh lime lends refreshing and vivacious acidity to the pear on a lush and gently effervescent palate. Pungently struck-flint and iodine-like notes as well as hints of lightly toasted almond and hazelnut add allure to a generously fruity finish. This might well reward a couple of years’ bottle age, though its highly appealing present personality is very much tied up with freshness. (DS)
100% Chardonnay. Notably toasty nose with quite a bit of autolysis. Fine bead. Appetising dry finish, almost as though there’s some oak, after a delicate, mineral mid palate. Lots of acidity and very attractively refreshing. Very satisfying already. (18 points)
This vintage of Dom Ruinart is super balanced, elegant and deep, with an amazingly long finish. I tasted yellow fruits with generous pear, fresh cream and elegant bread dough flavors. Words can't express this wine's finesse. It is drinking very well now, but will age for 20 years or more. (Scott Beckerly, K&L San Francisco)