A very appealing style that captures the elegance of chardonnay in a way that is still immensely satisfying. The aromas are all based around lemon, grapefruit, fresh floral notes and stone fruits. The palate delivers a ripe impression, flavorsome and full, with peach custard and lemon brulée. Acidity is nicely placed below.
Light yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and orchard fruits on the deeply perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Offers broad, toasty orange and pear skin flavors with an undercurrent of dusty minerals. Picks up floral and ginger nuances with air, along with hints of iodine and tarragon. Rich yet lively blanc de blancs with powerful back-end lift and finishing grip. (JR)
Bright and harmonious, with a streak of smoky minerality underscoring the poached apple, pastry, spun honey and lemon pith notes, all riding the finely detailed bead. Offers a clean, saline-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.
Floral in its sweet scents of bee pollen, apple blossoms, honey and vanilla, this is pale and saturated with flavor. Rather than a terroir-driven blanc de blancs, this is presented in a yeasty style, and it’s pretty delicious. Pour it with something as substantial as braised pork shoulder.
Soft, ripe and fruity, this has a generous texture rounded with an attractive touch of toastiness and rich pear flavors. At the end, with its steely aftertaste and acidity, the wine shows a firmer structure and density. It’s very much in the rich Ruinart style.
The Ruinart NV Brut Blanc de Blancs (LAHMTA1JE) is appealing in a rather simple, fresh apple and lemonade way – attractively garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope – its dominantly fruity character arguably influenced by the high proportion lots from Champagne’s relatively outlying Sezanne and Vallee de la Vesle, and certainly by the completion of malo-lactic conversion. A salty tang and piquant twist of lemon rind lend some invigoration to the finish and help temper the surprisingly noticeable sweetening effect of nine grams residual sugar. (DS)
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