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  • Country ranking ?

    806
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    15m
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Wild duck with chanterelles

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COUPE OR FLUTE

The champagne coupe, or saucer, is shallow and rounded with a flared lip and a short stem, rather like a water lily whereas the flute is slim, narrow and very tall, like a tulip. With its large surface area in contact with the air, champagne in a coupe quickly loses its effervescence. These glasses were highly prized a hundred years ago, when it was popular to drink Ruinart flat.

The narrow opening of the flute preserves the wine's liveliness and bouquet. Although it existed much earlier, it was only in about 1930 that the flute superseded its broader cousin. Since then the flute has reigned supreme, even though in France it is still "Une coupe!" when ordering in a bar. On some occasions, Ruinart also prefers the standard wine glass which releases a wine's aromas unlike any other.

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The Story

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.

Vinification:

  • 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

 

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Wine Information

THIS VINTAGE OWES IT UNIQUE CHARACTER TO ITS SELECTION OF GRAND CRUS: 80% CHARDONNAY AND 20% PINOT NOIR MADE INTO RED WINE.

Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 presents a vibrant, a deep coral with delicate coppery tones. Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 offers a fine and persistent effervescence.

The richness of the 2002 vintage boasts exceptional breadth and volume on the palate. It offers a fine fruity, floral and spicy aromatic range. The chardonnay emerges simultaneously as round, precise and subtle. The finish, attractively structured with restrained power, allows the Pinot Noir to shine.

Longer ageing in the cellars will rank it amongst the greatest Dom Ruinart Rosé vintages such as the 1996, 1990, 1988 or the legendary 1976.

 

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Vintage 2002

A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.

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Tasting note

color

Light, Salmon and Pale

ending

Long, Lingering and Vibrant

flavors

Raspberry, Apricot, Toasty, Creamy, Cranberry and Coffee

nose

Intense, Complex, Pure and Fresh

taste

High in Acidity, Low tannin, Concentrated, Well-structured, Complex, Youthful, Full-bodied, Firm, Focused, Fresh and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Even more Dom Perignon-rosé like than before. Fatter, a bit heavier than most vintages with a major influence by Pinot Noir-tones and with the typical yeast culture that have not been fully roasted yet. The structure is amazing but the aromas are too undeveloped in the current situation.
  • 91p
Medium-deep salmon-peachy Immensely refined, layered nose with stylish coffee and seductive perfumy floral toasty notes. Cool breeze with vegetal notes,elegantly reductive style Crisp, firm, linear and fresh. A touch of phenolics on the back palate. Long and tight Mineral, spicy, firm and vinous Superb for the long term. Highly youthful for the time being. Heavenly, approaching perfection
  • 96p

Delicate copper rosé colour. Astonishing nose is super expressive with toasty brioche notes, apricots, yellow plums, touch of tangerine and nutmeg spices. Dry and broad palate with great concentration. Red fruits, fresh mint and exotic spices in the mid palate and bitter tangerine compote in the lingering finish. Very layered and complex champagne that sets the bar to gastronomic champagnes in the new height. Drink now. Serve at 8-10°C with roasted quail with cepes and cranberry sauce. JL 98p (4/2022)  

  • 98p
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

The 2002 vintage was characterised by mild, dry weather.  Both spring and summer experienced wonderful sunny periods.  Even though there was rain at the end of August, the dry wind and fine weather which arrived in September made it possible for the rapes to ripen in excellent conditions. 

Just the right amount of sunshine throughout September meant that the harvest was perfectly ripe while maintaining a very good level of acidity.  The late season was also favourable for crafting excellent red wines; smooth and concentrated.  The blend was made using 80% Grand Cru chardonnay, 72% from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and 28% from the Montagne de Reims (Puisieulx, Sillery) and 20% pinot noir made into red wine, from the Silvery and Verzenay crus.

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