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Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV

Champagne, FranceChampagne Ruinart was founded in 1729, making it the one of the first established Champagne Houses. As elegant and distinctive as the bottle, this is primarily from 1er Cru and Grand Cru fruit on the Côtes de Blancs and Montagne de Reims, with 10 percent each from Sézanne and St. Thierry, north of the Vessel Valley. Much of the fruit is estate holdings from its parent company, LVMH. The blend has 20-25% reserve wines from the previous two vintages), and after a stainless ferment, the whole spends a minimum of 3 years on the lees before an 8.5 g/L dosage. Be sure to keep this clear glassed bottle covered until right before opening to prevent light strike. Toasted brioche opens this classic, leading to a full-bodied, creamy, doughy, lees-decked palate of green apple, lemon, meringue, fresh hazelnut, and deep chalk. The smart use of chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims gives a generosity to the palate, while still holding onto that chardonnay spire of acidity. The finish stretches out far along a humming, buzzing chalky minerality, drawing you back for another sip. Seek out one in a box to prevent light strike, and enjoy this classic BdB now.Tasted: 19 October 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 118.99 private wine shops Producer: Ruinart ChampagneDistributors: Charton-Hobbs
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 445445UPC: 3185370155974