Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2009

$189.99

Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2009 is the expression sublimated of the Ruinart taste. It reflects the characteristics of 2009, an exceptional vintage year for Chardonnay.

THE VINTAGE

2009 in Champagne has been described as a “golden” year. Above all, it was marked by a summery harvest, perfect for ripening grapes. The beginning of the growth cycle was complicated, with gale force winds, hail, heavy rainfall (60% up in terms of the 10-year average) and cold snaps while the vines were in bloom. Luckily, summer weather took over until September, allowing for consistent ripening in optimal conditions. Apart from warm and sunny, the days were particularly dry with 40% less rainfall compared to previous years. Thanks to these favorable conditions, grapes reached an optimum physiological ripeness.

TASTING NOTES

On the eye: Dom Ruinart 2009 reveals an intense golden color enhanced with hints of almond green.

On the nose: Sun-kissed aromas of both fleshy and crisp fruit much like a sun-ripened lemon from Italy or juicy and mouth-watering apricot or a perfectly ripe nectarine from the orchard. Floral yet fruity, with white floral notes and honeyed accents. The bouquet evolves towards candied fruits, almond paste and orange blossom, combined with a fresh, chalky character.

On the palate: Rich and elegant; delicate acidity meets the freshness of stone fruit to create wonderful sapidity on the palate. Beautifully balanced, Dom Ruinart 2009 is a flavorful and vivacious wine with a long and subtle finish. Its delicate effervescence only enhances its refined texture.

PAIRING

The sun-kissed flavors & intense freshness of this vintage offer numerous possibilities for pairings:

• Langoustine tartare with citrus fruit and cauliflower bavarois

• Fillet of sea bass with pea mousseline, almonds and lemon

• Zucchini flower and burrata risotto with lemon and orange zest

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Appellation: Assembled exclusively from Grands Crus. 82% Côte des Blancs (Cramant, Avize, Chouilly & Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). 18% from the northern side of the Montagne de Reims (Sillery).

Aging: 8 years on lees.

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