2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
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.
Smoky and aromatic, with a pleasant bounciness and a refined bead supporting juicy flavors of white peach, grated ginger, blanched almond and hints of grapefruit zest and cardamom. Offers a lasting, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027. 4,800 cases imported.
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 epress this wine's finesse. It is drinking very well now, but will age for 20 years or more. (Scott Beckerly, K&L San Francisco)