Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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The wine shows a superb, golden yellow color with a beautiful luminosity and a fine and persistent mousse. The nose is clean and intense with warm, rich notes of brioche, French toast and roasted almonds. On the palate the wine is very supple and harmonious, with notes of honey and minerals on the long, sustained finish. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is produced from a blend of 100% premiers crus Chardonnay grapes from the best of recent vintages. Grapes from the estate vineyards in Sillery and Brimont (ancestral home of the Ruinart family) are joined by carefully selected grapes from other premiers crus vineyards in the Côte de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Vivid yellow. Pungent, heady aromas of ripe pear, orange pith, brioche and toasty lees, with a stony nuance adding lift and urgency. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up minerality and smokiness with air. Finishes sappy, penetrating and very long, with slow-building sweetness and a note of buttered toast. "
Wine Spectator - "Smoky and focused, with an intensity to the racy acidity and tightly knit flavors of white peach, chamomile, crystallized honey, pickled ginger and pink peppercorn. Exhibits lovely texture and offers a long, mineral-tinged finish."
Wine Enthusiast - "White flower and pear aromas offer a wine that is mineral, nervy, vibrating with the freshest white fruits and lemon juice. It is concentrated, showing strong signs of toast, mature flavors, while keeping great richness."
The Wine Advocate - "This is a fabulous version of Ruinart's NV Brut Blanc de Blancs. The wine seems fresher, more vibrant and less obviously sweet than in the past, all of which makes this a far more interesting wine. The trademark profile of lemon, jasmine and green apples is very much in the forefront while the wine's textural finesse and length are both first-class. This release of the NV Brut makes a great introduction to the wines of Ruinart, Champagne's oldest house."
Wine & Spirits - "Floral in its sweet scents of bee pollen, apple blossoms, honey and vanilla, this is pale and saturated with flavor, rather than a terrior driven blanc de blancs, this is presented in a yeasty style, and its pretty delicious. Pour it with something as substainial as braised pork shoulder. "
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Ruinart is the oldest producer of champagne, officially founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, who was the nephew of the monk Dom Thierry Ruinart. This was the dawn of champagne – prior to 25 May 1728, the wine of champagne was not allowed to be commercially transported in bottles.
Nicolas Ruinart passed the management of his champagne house progressively throughout the 1760s to his very capable son, Claude, who was to hold the reins for the next thirty years. It was Claude Ruinart who entered the nobility, when he was created seigneur [lord] de Brimont. Brimont was known then as it is now as an exceptional source for champagne grapes. It was also Claude who had the foresight to purchase the first of the crayères, the underground chalk quarries left by the Romans.
Claude was succeeded by his son Irénée, who sold his champagne to rulers throughout Europe, and notably to the Empress Josephine. It was Edmond, the son of Irénée, who exported champagne to the young United States, meeting President Jackson at the White House in 1831. Throughout the centuries of its lively history, Champagne Ruinart has continued to grow in renown, even as production remains limited by their demands for quality, and distribution is limited by the size of the domestic (French) market. As always, it is known first for the quality of its wines and for their finesse, based on the exceptional Chardonnay grapes that provide its backbone. View all Ruinart Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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12 ratings, 5 with reviewsgwendolyn - Oakland, CA59/11/2014Though I typically love FULL bodied Champagne, this blanc de blancs was amazing. It's crisp, it's lively - it offered complexity, but with an uplifting character to it... made me want to stand up and do a pirouette! So, it's lighter in body, but no less light in its delicious-ness!Anonymous - Arlington, VA57/24/2016Lisa Stefanucci - Blaine, WA57/15/2016pisces83 - Wichita, KS46/16/2016Robert Funk - Tucson, AZ56/7/2016Clearly one of the best uses of Chardonnay grapes ever. Crisp and clean and literally dances on the palate.. I served this champagne with hors d'oeuvres and a light lobster bisque. Raves from my friends.Upasana - Cambridge, MA52/24/2016Delicious, smooth, quite light, a little creamy.Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA52/21/2016Anonymous - Washington, DC52/15/2016newdemrex - Washington, DC42/8/2016Brittany Dust - San Francisco, CA410/1/2014For those seeking a light and fun Champagne, look no further than this Blanc de Blanc from Ruinart. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a wedding wine or gift for those who are looking to avoid traditional vintage Champagne.Cigarman45 - Sanford, FL21/25/2014Sorry to say, did not like this wine. Disappointing flavor profile. Guests we shared with felt the same. Only word to describe it....disappointing.