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The blend is 80% Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards, with 75% coming from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Chouilly, LeMesnil-sur-Oger, and Oger) and 25% from the Montagne de Reims (Sillery and Verzenay); ther emaining 20% is composed of Pinot Noir made into red wine, from the only Grand Cru vineyardin Aÿ.
- Wine characteristics for the year in Champagne
- Potential alcohol: 9.3° for Chardonnay, 9.5° for Pinot Noir
- Total acidity: 8.6g H2SO4/l (average for all grape varieties combined)
- Harvest by hand
- Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
- Malolactic fermentation
- Dosage: 5g/l
The 1988 vintage was a cool year. This vintage ages incredibly well as prooves the current form of this Dom Ruinart Rosé 1988. This champagne is a blend of 80% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs Grand Cru villages ( Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil) and 20% Pinot Noir from Montagne de ReimsGrand Cru villages ( Sillery, Puisieulx, Verzenay) vinified as a red wine. For red wines, the winemaking is done in a Burgundy style with a daily stirring of the grape skins. Ruinart created a great rosé champagne expressing all together honey and red berry ( cherry, rapsberry) notes and a final sensation of plum. It is quaffable and deep on the palate, with dynamism and freshness. This champagne aged on lees for at least 10 years.
CHAMPAGNE: From this year, the most classic and refined champagnes were produced. Champagnes are long-lived and mature slowly to their peak.
Winter and spring were fairly mild. Inflorescences began in good weather in June. Already during the next month, the cloud masses swarmed to the Champagne province. Finally, the sky broke right before harvest. The harvest remained smaller than in the previous year. Even though the weather was unstable, the vintage produced fine and elegant wines, of which many have just reached their peak. The wines are marked by high acids and a concentrated, precise style. A real classic vintage. There is no rush to enjoy these wines, as they endure storage well and will continue to develop well for the next 10–12 years. Indicative of a slowly maturing vintage is that Krug released to the market first the Clos du Mesnil 1989 vintage before the 1988 vintage. This year has also stayed in mind as the vintage when Jacquesson & Fils produced the first of its three late bottled special cuvées – the Jacquesson DT (Dégorgement Tardif).