Dom Ruinart 2002 (6 x 750mL Giftboxed), Champagne, France.

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Dom Ruinart 2002 is a rare prestige cuvée made from 100% chardonnay with a remarkable balance between freshness and smoothness.

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Expert Reviews

I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002 vintage generally yielded big wines, and of course, a significant amount of the Chardonnay for Dom Ruinart comes from the Montagne de Reims, where the wines are richer and broader, yet those are truly mere details. The 2002 convinces for its superb overall balance and sheer personality. It possesses striking depth and an endless, eternal finish. I imagine the 2002 will enjoy a wide drinking window that will stretch out several decades. Truth is, its pretty special even today. This is Lot AGLDAD. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032. Rating 96 - Drink to 2032 Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (NOV/2011)

'Ruinart's flagship blanc de blancs plays the high strings of the Cote de Blancs to the thick orchestral scoring of Montagne de Reims, filling out chardonnay's citrus melody with layers of creamy generosity. The confidence of 2002 brings great composure and completeness, sustained with long-lingering acidity and the nostalgic timbre of inimitable Cote des Blancs chalk minerality. A decade in Ruinart's ancient chalk mines has deepened its voice with tones of brioche, roast cashew nut, nougat, burnt butter, retaining the signature gunpowder reduction of Ruinart. A masterpiece.' ' Rating 96 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

Winery Tasting Notes


Dom Ruinart 2002 reveals a vibrant, clear yellow colour enhanced with highlights of green almond. The mousse is fine and elegant.


The youth of the wine is evident on the nose with aromas of white flowers (linden blossom), fresh yellow plums, nashi pears and bergamot citrus character. Allowing it to breathe reveals a rich base, with notes of biscuits and coconut followed by hazelnuts. The intensity is highlighted by a mineral, minty freshness.


On the palate the freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates with superb mineral quality and a touch of gunflint. The result is a focussed purity and exceptional length supported by subtle effervescence and beautifully integrated vibrant acidity.

Food Matching

The spectacular brightness of Dom Ruinart 2002 makes it the quintessential Champagne for aperitifs. Softened by a few extra months of aging, it will also pair perfectly with food which compliments its mineral qualities and fruity character: fine slices of scallops marinated in seaweed and tomato water or a marinade of scampi and a light kaffir lime peel cream. Dom Ruinart 2002 is born from a great vintage and cellaring it for several years will be advantageous when pairing it with dishes with very intense flavours.

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Frédric Panaïotis grew up between his grandparent’s chardonnay vines in Champagne and chardonnay remains close to his heart, making him right at home as chef de cave at Ruinart. The longest established champagne house of all has an affinity with chardonnay’s freshness, finesse and elegance, and all of its best cuvées lead with the variety, even its prestige rosé. Without the might of Moët & Chandon, the brand impact of Veuve Clicquot or the cachet of Krug, Ruinart lurks as the low profile member of the Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy family. On Reim’s famed Rue de Crayères, its premises hides behind the grand street presence of Pommery and Veuve Clicquot. Its low profile is just as Panaïotis would have it. “In France we have a saying, if you live underground, you live happy!” he says. But on the strength of its current cuvées, Ruinart has no need to lay low.

Champagne is planted to just twenty-eight percent chardonnay, making this the rarest of the region’s threekey varieties, and the most difficult to source. Ruinart owns just ten percent of its vineyards, includinglongstanding resources of fifteen hectares of chardonnay at Sillery and Puisieulx on the eastern slopes of theMontagne de Reims, providing a richer and rounder style than the Côte des Blancs. Long-term contracts withgrowers form the vast bulk of Ruinart’s supplies, supplemented in recent times through vineyards acquiredfrom Lanson and Joseph Perrier. This has enabled the house to increase its annual production from 1.4million to more than 2.5 million bottles over the past two decades.

Ruinart’s distinctive rounded bottles make riddling challenging and the house relies exclusively on gyropalettes, which Panaïotis claims give a better result by far. The clear glass of these bottles makes the wine susceptible to lightstruck degradation, making it vital that they are stored in the dark.

Ruinart has occupied its premises in Reims since 1768 and it was the first in Champagne to use the third century Roman Crayères (chalk mines) under the city to age its champagnes. Its location on top of the hill make its eight kilometres of cellars some of the deepest and most spectacular in Champagne, plunging to depths of up to thirty-eight metres. These are the only cellars in Champagne classified as a national monument. A distinguished home for such graceful champagnes.


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