Dom Ruinart 2004 is made entirely of Chardonnay Grands Crus: 69% from the Côte des Blancs (predominantly from Chouilly, Avize and Le Mesnil) and 31% from the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims (predominantly Sillery and Puisieulx). This is a perfect combination giving this vintage its ephemeral, delicate structure. Eight to ten years of ageing in the depths of the Maison’s Crayères bring out this exceptional wine’s aromatic complexity, allowing it to attain a perfect balance between strength and delicacy.
Ruinart's flagship blanc de blancs plays the high strings of the Cote des Blancs to the thick orchestral scoring of Montagne de Reims, filling out chardonnay's pitch perfect freshness with layers of creamy generosity. The 2004 delivers vitality and an edginess emphasised by prominent, diamond-cut acidity, underscored by the nostalgic timbre of inimitable Cote des Blancs chalk minerality. A distinctive air of reductive character blows through in gunpowder and fennel notes, the signature of Ruinart and of Chardonnay, while a decade in Ruinart's ancient chalk mines has deepened its voice with tones of nougat, toasty complexity and a hint of smoked bacon. Its euphoric vigour and sheer stamina surpass even the masterpiece of 2002, promising two decades of potential in the cellar. Large glasses will be your best ally when it is finally time to awaken this sleeping beauty. Rating 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2015-2016.
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