2007 Dom Ruinart Brut Rose

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The 2007 Dom Ruinart Rosé is fabulous. The Rosé has all of the energy of the Blanc, with the extra richness that comes from the Pinot in the blend. Rose petal, mint, blood orange and cinnamon are some of the many aromas and flavors that are laced throughout. There is a feeling of translucence in the Rosé that is impossible to miss. I would cellar it for a few years. This is another magnificent wine from Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis in his first vintage at Ruinart. Disgorged: February, 2018.

Antonio Galloni | 96 AG
Unabashed pink in colour with a gentle copper rim, this wine exudes warmth and generosity from the outset. The aromatics are equally uplifting: exotic notes of kumquat and blood orange conspire with citric fruits, forest floor and soft red berries, the latter courtesy of the 20% of Pinot Noir which has been added as red wine. The natural exuberance of the vintage does not undermine the very precise and layered texture, and its low dosage only serves to underline this quality. The house style juxtaposes soft elegance with a supple, quietly authoritative power, and it's beautifully illustrated by this superb 2007. Drinking Window 2019 - 2037.

Decanter | 96 DEC
The 2007 Dom Ruinart Rosé is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with exuberant aromas of blood orange, tangerine and raspberries, mingled with hints of buttered toast, brioche and spices. Full-bodied, deep and vinous, it's layered and elegantly muscular, with terrific concentration and a racy spine of acidity, enlivened by a pillowy mousse. Concluding with a long and sapid finish, it's aromatically open but structurally tightly wound, so I suspect it will reward another few years' age on cork, even if it's hard to resist today. In any case, it deserves to participate in any discussion of the 2007 Champagne vintage's high points.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
This is a complex, delicious rosé with aromas of raspberries, oyster shells, grapefruit pith, salted caramel, iron, sourdough, olives and dried apples. Evolves to toffee and buttered toast. Sleek, fine bubbles. Beautiful balance of fruit and leesy character. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 95 JS
Rich notes of grilled nut and toasted brioche play off the vibrant acidity that frames this seamlessly knit rosé Champagne, enlivening flavors of ripe white peach, acacia blossom and blood orange sorbet. Creamy and elegant, but shows restrained power, with real drive pushing through to the lasting finish, where smoke and spice accents echo. Disgorged February 2018. Drink now through 2029.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS
While the aroma suggests this is an old wine, the palate discloses a very good balance between fruit and toasty maturity. It is a great Champagne, less of a rosé now and more of a rich, intense wine. Drink now while that attractive balance is there.

Wine Enthusiast | 94 WE
This wine’s sweet red fruit is bracingly bitter in the middle, touched by notes of rhubarb and tart cider apples; then it turns back toward ripe strawberry. It has density of flavor without weight, and a lot of brioche to provide the toast for chicken-liver mousse.

Wine & Spirits | 91 W&S

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Producer Ruinart: There is an aphrodisiac allure to Champagne. It is synonymous with success, luxury and celebration. It is universally recognized for its sexy and exotic bottling, having an effervescent euphoria and a pent up energy that is mirrored in all who experience it. Sparkling wine has been in existence for centuries but the creation of the first official Champagne House in the region would revolutionize “wine with bubbles,” and sling shot it to the glorious and sexy status that it very much enjoys today.

The story begins with the most unlikely of characters for a wine with such sex appeal. Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709) was an intuitive, visionary, hardworking but modest Benedictine monk who lived during the time of Louis XIV. His brilliance, vision and intuition led to the inception of the world’s first ever champagne-producing company. While working in the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris, he became aware of worldly society and “wine with bubbles” that was very much loved by the young aristocrats of court at the time. He saw a promising future for the novelty and passed this conviction on to his nephew still living in Champagne.

On September 1, 1729, twenty years after the death of Dom Thierry, the House of Ruinart was founded by his nephew, Nicolas Ruinart. The inception was the first of its kind and thus thrusting open the threshold to the wine-growing districts of Champagne, helping to bring recognition to one of France’s most celebrated wine regions. The foundation of the region was cemented and Ruinart began crafting 100% Chardonnay Champagne from the Cote des Blancs and Montagne de Reims districts.

Today, Ruinart produces a range of wines; Blanc De Blancs, Rose and Dom Ruinart. The grapes of Chardonnay are harvested bio-dynamically in the prestigious districts of Cote des Blancs and Montagne de Reims while the Pinot Noir is supplemented from tremendous plots in Vallee de la Marne and Cote de Sezanne. Pinot Noir is used in the creation of Ruinart’s Rose and in the Dom Ruinart label; however, the emblem of the house holds true to its roots and is sourced from 100% Chardonnay grapes.

The Ruinart House believes that Chardonnay’s aromatic freshness makes it the golden thread that runs through the Ruinart taste. This emblematic grape variety’s freshness is the essence of the Ruinart cuvee. It is harvested mainly from the terroirs of Cote des Blancs and Montage de Reims where the soils contain high chalk content, offering ideal conditions for the vines to flourish. There is great respect for the land, for the environment and the terroir which is expressed through the freshness of the grape variety.

Champagne’s future success and the evolution of its wine-growing districts was inevitable but it is important to recognize the brilliance and foresight of a Benedictine monk and his ambitious nephew for propelling the region and its sexy, seductive wine into mainstream popularity.
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine.

These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Country France: Wine is the lifeblood that courses through the country of France, pulsing with vigorous pride and determination. Viticulture is not just a hobby or an occupation in France; it is a passion, a cherished tradition that has been passed down through generations of wine stained hands. Winemaking is a beloved art that has been ingrained in the culture, an aptitude instilled in sons by fathers and the hallmark for which France’s reputation was built, allowing it to be renowned as, arguably, the most important wine producing country in the world.

For centuries, France has been producing wines of superior quality and in much greater quantity than any other country in the world. It boasts some of the most impressive wine regions, coveted vineyards and prestigious wines on earth. The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Sauternes and Champagne have become the benchmark, for which others aspire to become. Legendary producers such as Chateaux Margaux, Domaine De La Romanee Conti, Chapoutier, d’Yquem and Dom Perignon are idolized world-wide.

France has stamped its name on nearly every style of wine, from the nectar-like sweet Sauternes to hedonistic Chateauneuf Du Papes classic Bordeaux and Burgundy, to its sparkling dominance in Champagne. Many of the most infamous grape varietals in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay originated in France and are not only beloved, but utilized in the creation of some of the greatest wines on earth. French wine production commands the attention of the wine market year after year. With over 860,000 hectares under vine, and numbers close to 50 million hectoliters of wine produced annually, France dominates the market and sets the standard for not only product quality, but also quantity.

France’s many contributions to the world of wine have been absolutely indispensable. The country is the originator of the term “Premier Cru,” coined the term Terroir (a French term so complex there is no literal translation) and has laid the blueprint for a structured appellation system, which others have implemented in their own countries. French vineyard techniques and winemaking practices are mimicked world-wide. California vintners have been replicating Rhone style wines for decades, South America has adopted the French varietal of Malbec and countries around the world are imitating Burgundian styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

With vast diversity in terroir, France is home to some of the most hospitable winegrowing locations on earth. The combination of topography, geology, climate, rainfall and even the amount of sunlight combined with the long historical tradition of winegrowing and making, has allowed the vintners of France to not only hone their skills, but learn from nature to create a product that like the world in which it resides… is very much alive.

Type of Wine Champagne (Rose): After the surge of popularity in the '90s, wine lovers around the world just can't get enough of Champagne Rose. Infused with the vibrant essence of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, these wines will take you to the stars. They're confident, delicious, and intellectually stimulating - everything one could wish for.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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