Wine Spectator 92 points - An elegant, streamlined Champagne, displaying a delicate texture and lightly honeyed flavors of toast, applesauce, vanilla and hazelnut. This is fresh and clean, with well-meshed acidity and a hint of smoke running throughout. Drink now through 2016. –AN (Dec 15 2010)
Wine Advocate 92 points - The 1998 Dom Ruinart Brut Vintage is simply gorgeous. This taut, focused Champagne is currently quite shut down and appears to be holding back much of its potential. Still, the wine possesses plenty of density in its ripe Chardonnay fruit, smoke and minerals, with a long, subtle finish. All this wine needs is time in bottle. If past vintages are any indication, the 1998 should age beautifully. Readers who enjoy fresh wines will find plenty to admire in this wine now, but those who enjoy Champagnes with a little age on them will want to wait a few years before enjoying this fine effort. This is Lot: AEE2AD, disgorged July, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018. (Dec 2008)
Dom Ruinart, the visionary spirit of the oldest champagne House, was the inspiration for this exceptional cuvee. It is a rare expression from the most noble of Chardonnay, a magical experience, a genuine feast for the senses. Dom Ruinart 1996 is a blend of 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, of which 60% comes from the ”Cote des Blancs” and 40% from the ”Montagne de Reims”.
|Ruinart is the oldest producer of champagne, officially founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, who was the nephew of the monk Dom Thierry Ruinart.