Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
A firm rosé, more about its elegant texture and streak of minerality than the flavors of wild strawberry, white cherry, grilled plum and graphite. Hints of spice and fleur de sel accent the finish. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright pink. Pungent bouquet of ripe cherry and raspberry, with a hint of candied orange. Lush, smooth and powerful, offering juicy, fairly deep red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with good punch and length, the cherry note repeating.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Rose is made in a similarly elegant and refined style, even though it isn't quite as expressive as the Blanc de Blancs at the outset. With time in the glass the Pinot qualities come through with greater focus. The NV Rose offers excellent length and a polished personality in the signature Ruinart style...Ruinart is Champagne's oldest house, with a history that dates back to 1729. The wines are quite well-known around the world, but less so in the US, where the estate is making an effort to re-establish its presence. Today the wines are made under the guidance of Chef de Caves Frederic Panaiotis, who clearly has an outsize passion for these Champagnes as well as the house’s rich heritage. Although Ruinart is best known for their vintage Blanc de Blancs, the Rose is perhaps even more fascinating, particularly after a few years in bottle, which in important vintages allows for the Pinot Noir to speak with great eloquence. The Ruinart wines tend to be medium in body and are made with levels of dosage that are closer to the high end of the spectrum. Although the back labels show codes which can be tracked to disgorgement dates, it would be nice to see Ruinart provide disgorgement dates for its wines.
From the oldest shipper of bubbly Champagne, this is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay entirely from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards. About 18% of the Pinot is vinified red and blended in for the color and rose flavor. It has a dark color- almost like blood orange juice and a soft, full bodied texture. It is rich and satisfying, despite the deceptivly high proportion of Chardonnay. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)