2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1084848 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002 vintage generally yielded big wines, and of course, a significant amount of the Chardonnay for Dom Ruinart comes from the Montagne de Reims, where the wines are richer and broader, yet those are truly mere details. The 2002 convinces for its superb overall balance and sheer personality. It possesses striking depth and an endless, eternal finish. I imagine the 2002 will enjoy a wide drinking window that will stretch out several decades. Truth is, its pretty special even today. This is Lot AGLDAD. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.  (11/ 2011)

96 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (9/ 2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Highly aromatic, mineral- and smoke-accented aromas of poached pear, melon, orange and chamomile, with vanilla and ginger notes adding complexity. Fleshy, expansive and deeply concentrated, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors and deeper notes of dried fig, vanilla and anise. Becomes smokier and spicier with air and finishes with outstanding energy and mineral-driven persistence. Complex enough to drink now, but this Champagne is built for the long haul.  (12/ 2012)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 Great 2002s share a scent: the vegetal freshness of roots pulled from the soil. Or is it the sea, which this also brings to mind. Layered with delicate spice and gamey scents, this is intricate, voluptuous and pretty close to seductive. It's still youthful, built to age ten years or more.  (12/ 2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (12/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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)

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