|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier|
Possibly the most elegant of all the rosé champagnes, with a lovely combination of fruit and freshness. L&S (Nov 2007)
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This offers all the trim sleekness of a well-built racing sailboat, while the flavors unfurl on the palate like a full spinnaker sail. Macerated raspberry and poached apricot fruit is underscored by smoke and toast notes, and pleasing hints of crystallized honey, tangerine zest and dried thyme echo on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2030.—A.N.
ABOUT THIS WINE: Value is relative when it comes to Champagne, particularly for rosé, a category that starts at about $60 per bottle. At $74, Ruinart’s offering—one of the highest-rated rosé Champagnes of my tastings this year—deserves recognition for the house’s ability to deliver consistent, exceptional quality at a fair price. And Ruinart’s relationship with rosé is notable, with historical documents marking the house as the first to sell rosé in 1764. Today Ruinart is best-known for blanc de blancs from 100 percent Chardonnay, but the rosé shows chef de cave Frédéric Panaïotis’ skill with Pinot Noir, blending 55 percent Pinot Noir, of which 18 percent was still red wine, with Chardonnay. Rating: 94 Alison Napjus, The Wine Spectator (Dec 2020)
Very attractive, bright and fragrant red fruits on the nose here. This has a wealth of fresh yeasty characters, fresh pastry and bread dough, plus red fruits, pink grapefruit, and some floral notes too. The palate has a strong nectarine and light cherry flavor thread. Chardonnay has a lot to say here; the texture is creamy and the balance right on the money. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jul 2015)
Utterly delicious, totally fruit-driven and with surprising finesse, this is just the second Ruinart Brut Rosé cuvée produced by Fred Panaiotis, the young highly talented new chef de caves. If he keeps this up, Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house, could be a superstar in the making. Tom Stevenson's Top 12 Rosé Champagne Decanter Magazine December 2011. Rating: 5 Stars Decanter Magazine
Founded in 1729, making Ruinart the oldest Champagne house, and still to this day one of the very best Grandes Marques available. We have found that Ruinart has a very strong and loyal following, and the introduction of the non vintage Blanc de Blancs to the range an inspired move. It is a truly sublime wine. Owned by the luxury giant LVMH (along with Moet, Veuve and Krug) it is unfortunate that prices have risen over the past few years to the levels that they now stand. However, it cannot be denied that quality has remained very high, and all their wines come in very attractive gift boxes - without being the sort that you feel you are paying too much for, or being wasteful. In short, the wines speak for themselves.
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