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The blend was made using 81% Grand Cru Chardonnay, 69% of which comes from the Côtes des Blancs (Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and 31% from the Montagne de Reims (Puisieulx, Sillery), with the addition of 19% Pinot Noir made into red wine, coming only from the Sillery cru.
This fine rosé champagne is based on the Chardonnay grand cru and will acompany both a seafood theme (salmon tataki, marinated tuna, etc.) and a turf-based dish (poultry and veal in particular). With several years of additional ageing, it will pair with the same ingredients but with more intense, spicier and warmer flavours.
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Including fully 19% red wine made from Sillery Pinot Noir, the 2004 Dom Ruinart Rosé was disgorged in February 2016 with four grams per liter dosage. Displaying complex aromas of red berries, dried orange rind, potpourri, iodine, toasted nuts and wet chalk, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and textural, with a more multidimensional, vinous profile than its Blanc de Blancs counterpart, with lively acids and a chalky finish.
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
Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004: a pure and complex Rosé Champagne
The Dom Ruinart Rosé is a Rosé Champagne wine from the Ruinart Champagne House. A mild winter and beautiful spring marked the 2004 vintage. The technical team feared that the grapes might not ripen because of the mediocre summer and the heavy load on the vines. The weather became warmer and drier in September, and the berries could finally ripen until they were harvested. The Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 comes from a blend of 81% Chardonnay Grands Crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, and 19% from Pinot Noir vinified as red wine.
With a pretty rosé colour and copper highlights, the Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 develops very sweetfragrances that combine sweet, ripe red fruit(raspberry, currant, wild strawberry) with more pink floral and wet stone mineral notes. On the palate, the wine is frank and straight and offers tasty touches of red fruit and citrus fruit (blood orange, mandarin). On the finish, this pure and complex Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 (thanks to a low dosage of 4 g / l) is fresh and sharp.
A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.
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