ruinart, dom ruinart blanc de blancs 2010
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2010 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.

Critics Scores

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The 2010 Dom Ruinart is truly epic. It’s also an eye-opening wine. And I do mean wine. Because the first impression is really of wine more than Champagne. The 2010 signals a major shift in philosophy as Dom Ruinart is now aged entirely under cork (rather than crown seal) as it was back in the early 1960s. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and white pepper all race across the palate, announcing a Champagne of stature, breed and pure class. All the elements build as the 2010 crescendos into its intensely saline, mineral-drenched finish. The low dosage of 4 grams per liter is perfectly judged. I try to avoid the tired clichés that make comparisons with Burgundy, but it is impossible here. The best way I can describe the 2010 Dom Ruinart is that it tastes like a great Corton-Charlemagne with bubbles. Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaiotis has poured his heart and soul into Ruinart since arriving in 2007. He richly deserves all the accolades he will surely garner for this masterpiece, an achievement that is made all the more notable by the challenges of the growing season. The 2010 Dom Ruinart is unreal. That’s all there is to it. Disgorged 2020. Drink 2028 – 2050.