1998 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1058004 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich, toasty, mature, this important Champagne is all those things. It’s certainly mature for a 1998 vintage, which means it would be delicious to drink now. But the ripeness, allied to the serious acidity and wood structure, do suggest that it’s likely to age more.  (12/ 2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Dom Ruinart Brut Vintage is simply gorgeous. This taut, focused Champagne is currently quite shut down and appears to be holding back much of its potential. Still, the wine possesses plenty of density in its ripe Chardonnay fruit, smoke and minerals, with a long, subtle finish. All this wine needs is time in bottle. If past vintages are any indication, the 1998 should age beautifully. Readers who enjoy fresh wines will find plenty to admire in this wine now, but those who enjoy Champagnes with a little age on them will want to wait a few years before enjoying this fine effort. This is Lot: AEE2AD, disgorged July, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.  (12/ 2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant, streamlined Champagne, displaying a delicate texture and lightly honeyed flavors of toast, applesauce, vanilla and hazelnut. This is fresh and clean, with well-meshed acidity and a hint of smoke running throughout. Drink now through 2016.  (12/ 2010)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2012  | Send Email
Lovely blanc de blanc! Mineral, citrus and an interesting mushroom note with a crisp, sweet finish made this my favorite from our recent tasting with Chef de Cave Panaiotis. Great for celebrating something special!

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