Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
This deftly woven Champagne is all about finesse, offering a rich vein of smoky minerality and vivid acidity. The power is cloaked in a silky texture and notes of creamed pear, lemon confit, almond biscotti and fresh ginger. Drink now through 2021.
Light yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and orchard fruits on the deeply perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Offers broad, toasty orange and pear skin flavors with an undercurrent of dusty minerals. Picks up floral and ginger nuances with air, along with hints of iodine and tarragon. Rich yet lively blanc de blancs with powerful back-end lift and finishing grip. (Josh Raynolds)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Complex, high-pitched aromas of orange zest, lemon pith, iodine, smoky minerals, anise and jasmine. Sappy and tactile on the palate, offering impressive volume to its ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors accented by smoke and minerals. Finishes tangy and long, with lingering smokiness and an echo of anise.
Wine & Spirits
Floral in its sweet scents of bee pollen, apple blossoms, honey and vanilla, this is pale and saturated with flavor. Rather than a terroir-driven blanc de blancs, this is presented in a yeasty style, and it’s pretty delicious. Pour it with something as substantial as braised pork shoulder.
Soft, ripe and fruity, this has a generous texture rounded with an attractive touch of toastiness and rich pear flavors. At the end, with its steely aftertaste and acidity, the wine shows a firmer structure and density. It’s very much in the rich Ruinart style.
NV Blanc de Blancs. Good toasty autolysis-induced nose. Extremely brisk and appetising - seems much drier to me than the launch offering in this new, clear flask bottle. Very clean and fresh. 17.5/20 points.
Ruinart is one of Champagne's oldest houses, founded by Nicholas Ruinart in 1729, himself a descendent of Dom Thierry Ruinart, the other "Dom" responsible for so much of the early viticultural progress of the appellation. Only Gosset is older, but apparently Ruinart was first to base his business on sparkling, rather than still Champagne. This Blanc de Blancs is made exclusively from Grand and Premier Cru Chardonnay, much of which is estate fruit from the biggest land-holder in all of Champagne: Ruinart's parent company LVMH. The feature that sets this stainless steel fermented wine apart from other Blanc de Blancs is the combination of grapes from both the Côtes de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, giving it a more rounded style. I find some chalky minerality in this Champagne, but also lychee fruit and texture. It seems sweeter than the claimed dosage of 8 grams per liter. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)