2009 ruinart, dom ruinart blanc de blancs
Why We're Buying
Founded in 1729, Ruinart is the third oldest estate in Champagne behind only Gosset and Henri Giraud. The legendary Champagne house is responsible for one of the region’s most famous prestige cuvées, which is made entirely of chardonnay. The highly appealing and utterly satisfying sparkling wine is a must-have among serious wine investors.
The 2009 Dom Ruinart has been absolutely fabulous on two separate occasions. Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis turned out a brilliant edition of this tête de cuvée that offers a compelling balance of richness and vibrancy. Citrus, mineral, spice and dried flowers are all beautifully delineated throughout. In 2009 Dom Ruinart has a bit less fruit from the Montagne de Reims and more from the Côte des Blancs (specifically Cramant, Avize, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) than has often been the case. This approach gives the wine more tension and steeliness than readers might expect in a vintage known for generally forthcoming Champagnes. I would not be in any rush to open the 2009, as it very clearly needs time. The only question is how much. Superb.