A distinguished Blanc de Blancs from an exceptional vintage
As a prodigious vintage, 2002 joins the lineage as one of the greatest years, which highlights the extraordinary purity of the Chardonnay grape that year. As an exceptional vintage in Champagne, the legendary Dom Ruinart 2002 was masterfully executed in a style that gives the House all of its nobility and prestige.
As a prestigious vintage, Champagne Dom Ruinart 2002 pays homage to the nobility of Chardonnay, the emblematic grape variety that makes up the House’s DNA. The blend comes from Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs like the very large Chouilly and Avize (72%) and the Montagne de Reims (28%). The blend illustrates the typical terroir of these areas.
The Dom Ruinart 2002 is adorned with a light yellow colour that shimmers green reflections. The colour highlights the finesse of the effervescence cords of bubbles. Brimming with freshness, the aromatic bouquet reveals delicate floral and fruity aromas of citrus, pear and bergamot. With aeration, the other facets of this champagne’s personality reveals itself within a frame of delicate sweetness. Brioche and coconut notes highlight the minerality of this complex bouquet.
On the palate, the Dom Ruinart 2002 shines with class and distinction. Tangy citrus flavours and delicate exotic fruit notes come together in perfect harmony. The palate further reveals minerality and gunflint, which is typical of the greatest limestone soils. The refined texture dances on the palate with vivacity and energy without losing any of its texture that stretches to a long, sparkling finish.
A distinguished Dom Ruinart with prodigious purity and finesse.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Close to 30% of the Chardonnay that as always (despite the absence of "blanc de blancs" from its label) dominates Ruinart's prestige cuvee comes - specifically in the case of their 2002 Brut Dom Ruinart - from the northern Montagne de Reims, though the rest is from the Cote des Blancs (predominantly Avize and Chouilly). Hints of lees autolysis and heliotrope perfume cap a nose in which very ripe sickle pear predominates. Happily, an efficacious squirt of fresh lime lends refreshing and vivacious acidity to the pear on a lush and gently effervescent palate. Pungently struck-flint and iodine-like notes as well as hints of lightly toasted almond and hazelnut add allure to a generously fruity finish. This might well reward a couple of years' bottle age, though its highly appealing present personality is very much tied up with freshness.