2004 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
2002 may be the vintage that is talked about but taste 2004s and read what the critics have to say and it is clear that, not only does 2004 run it close, it beats it in many cases. And, stylistically, if you like an edgier, more mineral style, then 2004 is the one to go for. And the wines will keep and keep.
Dom Ruinart is both a prime example of 2004 brilliance, it is also one of the “cuvée prestige” wines that flies under the radar.
Galloni is a fan, calling it both “seriously beautiful” and “viscerally thrilling”. We agree.
At GBP 470 per six in bond this is a seriously good sparkler for the cellar. Something to take the edge off 2016 – it is lovely now – or something to cellar to 2026 if you have the patience.
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2004 Dom Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs
GBP 470 per case in bond (6x75cl)
“The 2004 Dom Ruinart is just as brilliant and viscerally thrilling as it has always been. If anything, the 2004 has shut down considerably over the last six months. Tightly coiled and exceptionally beautiful, the 2004 boasts fabulous intensity, class and pedigree. The flavors are vibrant, chiseled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013. 97 points.” Antonio Galloni
“Creamy mousse. Very pale. A touch of green. Very gentle bubbles. Very citrussy on the nose followed by a touch of biscuit. Very inviting, and there is both depth and precision here. Disgorged a year ago; there is a second batch disgorged more recently. Creamy in mouth, where the mousse initially explodes then settles down into something more delicate. Very racy and very lacey. The detail is fine. Silk petticoats. And as tight as a drum. Steely. And long. This is wound up very tight… … coming back to it there is much more here. A touch of smoke – not quite struck match. Lots of restrained, smoky fruit. Very elegant, very classy. And a touch of salty spice at the end. Real mouthfeel. 96+ or 97.” Joss Fowler
Please do contact us if you would like to discuss this further or would like to take a case or two.