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  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

The chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all our cuvées.

The ephemeral, delicate structure of this vintage combined with outstanding freshness, typical of the House, offers the potential to complement very sophisticated dishes such as sea bream ceviche Peruvian style, or a lobster carpaccio with lemon caviar and coriander oil.

The Dom Ruinart 2004 would further benefit from cellar ageing to be enjoyed following several years’ maturation. It will then complement dishes with more intense flavours.

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Vintage 1996

The optimum Ruinart temperature?

Since sparkling wines from Champagne first appeared in the early XVIIIth Century, they have been drunk fairly cold, between 6 and 8 degrees. So for over a century, bottles of Ruinart have been served in elegant little containers called "champagne coolers" or in silver or porcelain buckets that are always full of water and ice. The ice was collected during the winter and stored in ice cellars.

Around 1830, it became fashionable to drink champagne frappé: very cold, at 2 or 3 degrees. This was a time when wine had a lot of sugar added, which did not ferment, and cooling toned down its sweet flavour. The bottle was served in a bucket filled with ice but no water, sometimes even plunged up to its neck in a mixture of crushed iced and potash or salts.

Today, we have returned to the customs of early champagne enthusiasts and enjoy our champagne at between 6 and 9 degrees.

As a guide:

* "R" de Ruinart, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Ruinart Rosé should be opened at a temperature of between 6 and 8 degrees so that it can be drunk at between 8 and 10 degrees.
* A vintage Ruinart should be opened at between 8 and 10 degrees and drunk at between 10 and 12.
* Dom Ruinart Blanc: opened at between 9 and 11 degrees and drunk at between 11 and 13.
* Dom Ruinart Rosé: opened at between 9 and 12 degrees and drunk at between 11 and 14.

These guidelines can be adapted to the circumstances. On a terrace in summer, a flute of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs will naturally be served very cold. Time and preference will guide the decision...

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

flavors

Vanilla and Toasty

taste

Low alcohol content, Balanced and Dry

Written Notes

1996 Dom Ruinart 90 95 Very light and youthful appearance. A mellow nose with elements of mint and vanilla along with blossoms. The flavour is actually also mellower than usual in a polished, modern, beautiful style and it is in fact almost completely without toasted tones up to now. Fine harmonious whole.
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Superb blanc des blancs style from the world's oldest champagne house – and their much loved flagship. This had enticing floral perfumes and, even though now from a vintage fifteen years of age, was still tight and fresh as a daisy – giving some idea of how brilliant the 1996 vintage still is. An amazing wine. Very fine minerally acidity. This is powerful, yet elegant, and with excellent length. 94
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Challenging minerals and a coolly elegant nose combine in this wine, with a hint of cashew. A cold structure of steel enlivens and gives it a very light essence. An entity that is not that easy to approach - strong, young and stinging. The Chardonnay desperately needs more time to show its wide and charmingly creamy side. Have the patience to age this wine for between five and ten years.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Ruinart 1996  ( Ruinart )

Challenging minerals and a coolly elegant nose combine in this wine, with a hint of cashew. A cold structure of steel enlivens and gives it a very light essence. An entity that is not that easy to approach - strong, young and stinging. The Chardonnay desperately needs more time to show its wide and charmingly creamy side. Have the patience to age this wine for between five and ten years.

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Ruinart 1996  ( Ruinart )

"1996 Dom Ruinart 90 95
Very light and youthful appearance. A mellow nose with elements of mint and vanilla along with blossoms. The flavour is actually also mellower than usual in a polished, modern, beautiful style and it is in fact almost completely without toasted tones up to now. Fine harmonious whole.
"

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Dom Ruinart 1996  ( Ruinart )

"Superb blanc des blancs style from the world's oldest champagne house – and their much loved flagship.
This had enticing floral perfumes and, even though now from a vintage fifteen years of age, was still tight and fresh as a daisy – giving some idea of how brilliant the 1996 vintage still is.
An amazing wine. Very fine minerally acidity. This is powerful, yet elegant, and with excellent length.
94
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1y 6m ago

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Ruinart 1996  ( Ruinart )

"Very palegreenish colour. Closed mineral, smoky nose, very youthful, vegetal, herbal, green. What a baby still, Excellent purity, good intensity but far too young. Long and fresh. Honey. Rosy perfumy."

4y 4m ago

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