1996 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Rosé Champagne (Previously $300)

SKU #1084180 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1996 Brut Dom Ruinart Rosé is a dense, shut-down wine that needs serious time in the cellar to come together. With additional bottle age, the Pinot character should emerge, as it almost always does. For now, this remains a structured Rose that only occasionally reveals the brilliance that it appears capable of, yet all of the ingredients are present for the 1996 to emerge as a brilliant Dom Ruinart Rosé. Accordingly, my score represents the wine's potential at maturity rather than where it is today. This is Lot: ADONA6, disgorged October 2006. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026.  (12/ 2008)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pale pink in color, this is stylish rosé. It has the intense acidity of the 1996 vintage, meaning that it still tastes young, crisp, vibrant. The only suggestion that this is 14 years old is in the slight toastiness. But it should go on for many more years.  (12/ 2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and meaty, offering clove and berry flavors and a firm, chalky structure. Seems a bit rigid and closed now, but it's certainly concentrated and long. Best from 2011 through 2030.  (11/ 2009)

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