Dom Ruinart 2004

The prestige cuvee of Champagne Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru only, pure-Chardonnay blend. With grapes sourced predominantly from the C’‚te des Blancs, this cuvee is a firm and muscular champagne with a reductive style that rewards patience if left in the cellar. The 2004 expression is much more restrained that its predecessors, with good balancing acidity and the lowest dosage yet. This lower dosage is all part of protecting the character and delicacy of the vintage by helping to inhibit oxidation.

Weather: The 2004 vintage saw an initial winter of mild temperatures with intermittent storms and hail. The spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late in September produced good quality fruits, especially for the Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region. Overall many experts believe that 2004 is one of the greatest vintages of the last two decades.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | 69% C’‚te des Blancs: Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | 31% Montagne de Reims: Puisieulx, Sillery
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 5.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2026

Tasting Note: A luminous yellow with pale green reflections. The nose reveals gentle notes of chestnut, coconut and fresh bread. In the mouth there is a citrus fruit freshness and a delicate mousse with real, long lingering flavors that you'd expect from such a great champagne. Very accessible now in its youth, this is sure to evolve in complexity with time.