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2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Rosé Champagne (ships as 1.5L due to shape of bottle)

SKU #1173938 96 points Vinous

 A mysterious, beguiling beauty, the 2002 Dom Ruinart Rosé boasts fabulous intensity and pure resonance. Tangerine, exotic spices, mint, crushed rose petals and sweet red berries blossom in the glass. Still, my impression is that the 2002 is holding back much of its ultimate potential, as it remains tight and much less expressive than so many other wines of the year. When the 2002 finally emerges fully, it is going to be truly monumental. Disgorged September 2012. (AG) 96+  (11/2014)

95 points James Suckling

 With a true 'eye of partridge' nose, this has the boldness of the 2002 vintage and is unique in that the wine is based on 80% Chardonnay as a top rosé Champagne. The aromas are floral with sweet decayed rose hip and a clear toasty edge showing through, as well as fine wild red fruits and some peach and stone fruits. There's a completely unique style here in terms of the chardonnay making a statement of gentle nougat, while some dried red berries lurk beneath. The palate has precise, sleeve-like long texture and is really focused and even. The freshness is startling, meanwhile, and this really looks very young and unevolved. There's some very gentle tannin in the mix here, adding nutty toasted hazelnut elements on the finish. Acidity is pronounced and, having the last say, keeps everything really fresh. Drink now.  (10/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright orange-pink. Heady mineral- and yeast-accented aromas of dried red berries, blood orange, buttered toast and tea rose. Densely packed and expansive on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors and a smoky overtone that gains strength with aeration. The mineral quality comes back strong on the silky, focused finish, which goes on and on. An outstanding blend of power and finesse. Disgorged September, 2012. (JR, in Vinous)  (12/2014)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 At first every aspect of this rosé seems to be in service of the acidity, hitting with mouth-searing power. Then the flavors align, tense with lime and limestone earthiness, opulent and a little funky as fine Pinot Noir can be. With air, that red fruit takes on a complex scent that makes the wine irresistible. Built for the ages, this needs another five or six years to begin to show its best.  (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This is subtle up front, with delicate aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit granita, pickled ginger, spun honey and biscuit. The smoky underpinning of minerality gains momentum, riding the lacy mousse to a fresh and persistent finish. Drink now through 2027. (AN)  (11/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 From a great Champagne vintage, this rich, full-bodied wine is just beginning to develop secondary flavors, toast and walnuts. The red fruits are fading into the background, while keeping the acidity in place. It is ripe, well balanced and has a delicious, long aftertaste. It is ready to drink. (RV)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This Champagne is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, all from Grand Cru sites. The Chardonnay is sourced both from the Cote des Blancs and the Mountain or Reims, and it is this Mountain of Reims Chardonnay that gives the subtle exoticism that is the signature of the house style. The Pinot Noir in the blend is vinified red, and sourced from north-facing vineyards in Sillery and Verzenay, giving the Champagne plenty of authority without sacrificing its energy. Ruinart is a proponent of stainless steel fermentation and in the case of this rosé, very long sur-lee aging, perhaps the longest in the category of tete de cuvee rosés. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
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This chardonnay based (80%!) vintage Brut Rose from Ruinart is lush, with rich, red fruits on a fairly ripe nose. On the palate, blood orange, tart cherries and subtle smoky notes. The bottles are hand labelled and the production is a minuscule .008 of their total production! Dosed at an ultra-low 5.5 grams per liter dosage.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
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There are flashily packaged, everyone has to have one, fad-of-the-moment Champagnes - and there are classic, stunningly beautiful Champagnes that prove to all who taste them why Champagne is a true luxury worth treating yourself from time to time. The 2002 Dom Ruinart Rose is a great example of the latter. A true special occasion Grand Cru that you deserve to try at least once in life.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2015 | Send Email
Swoon-worthy wine alert! Here is an absolutely delectable champagne that holds the perfect marriage of power and elegance. Sourced from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs in a stellar 2002 vintage, this champagne glistens with the color of pink copper and exudes layered aromas of fresh pastry, spice and roses. On the mouth flavors of cherry and orange blossom shine through to a glowing and a "savor the moment" kind of finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2014 | Send Email
This Champagne is beautiful to look at and has a pale pink color and the kind of streamers that you only get with very long aging on the lees. When we first opened the bottle it was very yeasty and leesy, so much so that it put me off. The bouquet developed really nicely over the course of the meal, offering up chalk and Rainier cherry fruit as well as toast. In the mouth, this wine is so elegant and subtle that it wouldn’t be hard to miss its depth in a quick tasting. Like Cristal and Salon, it is a treat for the jaded palate, with lots of depth to offer, but no obvious, showy flash. It is ethereal, weightless and haunting stuff--and I would guess that the Sillery rouge has a lot to do with its delicacy. The Dom Ruinart Rose is the most elegant Champagne that I have drunk this year, and will no doubt prove to be one of my top Champagne experiences this year. If you have an occasion to spoil yourself with a very special bottle, this would be a great choice.

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- 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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