Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2010
A tribute to Dom Thierry Ruinart, the visionary figure on the initiative of Ruinart's foundation, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a creation inspired by the exceptional vintages of Chardonnay. The first Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs was created in 1959. A rosé cuvée closely followed with the 1966 vintage. As for the whites, chardonnay is the key word for Dom Ruinart rosés. After the Second World War, the cellars of the house were empty, seized during the occupation. It is only in 2017 that the cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis finds what appears to be the last bottle of this very first vintage. It is preciously kept in the cellar master's oenotheque in the heart of the Ruinart chalk cellar in Reims.
The year 2010 is characterized by a very cold winter, an early summer and a rainy August. During the base wine tasting after harvest, the oenological team realized the 2010 chardonnay was marked with an intense richness and showed the promise of a great vintage.
On the eye: 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 2010 is a flavorful and vivacious wine with a long and subtle finish. Its delicate effervescence only enhances its refined texture.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Assembled exclusively from Grands Crus. 90% Côte des Blancs (Cramant, Avize, Chouilly & Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). 10% from the northern side of the Montagne de Reims (Sillery).
Aging: 8 years on lees.