The Chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all our cuvées.
- FRA - Champagne
Disgorged April 2011; 75% 2008, 25% 2007 and 2006; 80% Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims premier crus; 10% Sézanne and 10% St Thierry for approachability and maturity; aged 24-28 months on lees; 9g/L dosage.
Panaïotis’ aim in this young blend is “to capture the light of Champagne,” the elegance and freshness of chardonnay. The wine articulates its philosophy vividly, driven by pure lemon fruit and delicate citrus blossoms. In younger disgorgements, there’s a wonderful hint of struck flint, harking to the reductive nature of the house. A beautifully fresh and electric style of stunning persistence and linearity, giving voice to the full and gentle minerality of the premier crus of the Côte des Blancs.
Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2012 -2013
This is a fabulous version of Ruinart’s NV Brut Blanc de Blancs. The wine seems fresher, more vibrant and less obviously sweet than in the past, all of which makes this a far more interesting wine. The trademark profile of lemon, jasmine and green apples is very much in the forefront while the wine’s textural finesse and length are both first-class. This release of the NV Brut makes a great introduction to the wines of Ruinart, Champagne’s oldest house. This is Lot LAGJSAF. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
Rating 90 - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate (NOV/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
With its fresh aromas, vivacity, purity and luminosity, the Chardonnay is the essence of all our cuvées.
The delicate, fragile Chardonnay will only display the full breadth of its aromatic richness after a slow maturatio in the coolness of the Crayères (our chalk cellars): up to 3 years for non-vintage wines, and 9 to 10 years for a Dom Ruinart.
This maturation is a test of our Cellar Master's skill, required to tame the capriciousness of this grape unlike any other.
Brightness, intensity and elegance: in the combination of these unique traits resides the miracle that is called the "Ruinart Taste": an exclusive personality, truly in a class of its own.