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1996 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1034072 95 points Vinous

 The 1996 Dom Ruinart is a wine of pure texture. Smoke, butter, spices, wild flowers and apricot pit are some of the many notes that give the 1996 its breadth and volume. The expansive, resonant finish is particularly of note. (AG)  (10/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold with an energetic mousse. Highly aromatic nose offers a sexy, smoky perfume of pear, white peach, candied lemon, buttery brioche and honeysuckle. Youthfully firm, palate-staining green apple and citrus flavors are complicated by gently toasty lees; chewy in texture, with an expansive but vibrant back end. Serious, penetrating and deep wine, with outstanding clarity and lingering finishing flavors of tangerine, lemon pith and spiced pear. Very impressive but awfully young, with the concentration and balance to repay ten or more years of cellaring. (JR)  (11/2007)

93 points John Gilman

 The 1996 Dom Riunart Blanc de Blancs is still a very young wine and is just now beginning to stir on the nose and palate and start to hint at its ultimate character. The bright and very classy nose jumps from the glass in a gorgeous mélange of pear, lemon, chalky soil tones, lime zest and a gentle touch of the crème patissière to come with further bottle age. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very racy, with a rock solid core of fruit, frothy mousse, snappy acids and great length and grip on the poised and vibrant finish. While this wine is now beginning to blossom, it is still very early days for the ’96 Dom Riunart Blanc de Blancs and I would be inclined to give this at least another three or four years of bottle age before having at it in earnest. (Drink between 2016-2035)  (1/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made entirely from grand cru grapes, this is a beautiful wine, layering toast and ripe fruit with a proper minerality from the year. Flavors of honey, toast and nougat soften the aftertaste. It is ready to drink now, but it has still a ways to go, as the intense concentration of fruit opens out. (RV)  (12/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Strong aromas of toast and graphite lead off in this exotic Champagne. Apricot, butterscotch and grapefruit notes follow up as this cruises to a long finish. It's refined, with a vibrant structure. Drink now through 2020. (BS)  (11/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale yellow colour. Rather light nose. No excess of fruit on the palate! Bone dry but a nice texture. Rather muted and well mannered. Very polite. No sweetness. But well balanced. I should imagine in bottle sizes this wine is at its apogee (but the drink dates refer to this magnum size). Very fresh and clean and brisk with a certain nuttiness. 17.5/20 (JR)  (6/2016)


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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.