2002 Ruinart "Dom Ruinart" Brut Rosé Champagne (ships as 1.5L due to shape of bottle) SKU #1173938


VN 96 JS 95 ST 95
W&S 95 WS 95 WE 94
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K&L Notes

This Champagne is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, all from Grand Cru sites. The Chardonnay is sourced both from the Cote des Blancs and the Mountain or Reims, and it is this Mountain of Reims Chardonnay that gives the subtle exoticism that is the signature of the house style. The Pinot Noir in the blend is vinified red, and sourced from north-facing vineyards in Sillery and Verzenay, giving the Champagne plenty of authority without sacrificing its energy. Ruinart is a proponent of stainless steel fermentation and in the case of this rosé, very long sur-lee aging, perhaps the longest in the category of tete de cuvee rosés. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This chardonnay based (80%!) vintage Brut Rose from Ruinart is lush, with rich, red fruits on a fairly ripe nose. On the palate, blood orange, tart cherries and subtle smoky notes. The bottles are hand labelled and the production is a minuscule .008 of their total production! Dosed at an ultra-low 5.5 grams per liter dosage.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    There are flashily packaged, everyone has to have one, fad-of-the-moment Champagnes - and there are classic, stunningly beautiful Champagnes that prove to all who taste them why Champagne is a true luxury worth treating yourself from time to time. The 2002 Dom Ruinart Rose is a great example of the latter. A true special occasion Grand Cru that you deserve to try at least once in life.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Swoon-worthy wine alert! Here is an absolutely delectable champagne that holds the perfect marriage of power and elegance. Sourced from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs in a stellar 2002 vintage, this champagne glistens with the color of pink copper and exudes layered aromas of fresh pastry, spice and roses. On the mouth flavors of cherry and orange blossom shine through to a glowing and a "savor the moment" kind of finish.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This Champagne is beautiful to look at and has a pale pink color and the kind of streamers that you only get with very long aging on the lees. When we first opened the bottle it was very yeasty and leesy, so much so that it put me off. The bouquet developed really nicely over the course of the meal, offering up chalk and Rainier cherry fruit as well as toast. In the mouth, this wine is so elegant and subtle that it wouldn’t be hard to miss its depth in a quick tasting. Like Cristal and Salon, it is a treat for the jaded palate, with lots of depth to offer, but no obvious, showy flash. It is ethereal, weightless and haunting stuff--and I would guess that the Sillery rouge has a lot to do with its delicacy. The Dom Ruinart Rose is the most elegant Champagne that I have drunk this year, and will no doubt prove to be one of my top Champagne experiences this year. If you have an occasion to spoil yourself with a very special bottle, this would be a great choice.


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