Wine Enthusiast 95 points - This is a beautiful wine, from its onion-skin pink color onward. It is, of course, mature, but still exhibits vibrant red and citrus fruits. It is very dry in style, a paean to delicious acidity. This great wine does not need to age longer, but still has some potential to improve for the next few years. (Dec 2013)
Wine Spectator 94 points - Smoke and mineral notes underscore the dried black cherry, pomegranate and raspberry sorbet fruit flavors, with hints of creamy pastry and marzipan. Drink now through 2028.—A.N. (Sep 25 2013)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Very minerally, offering lots of smoke and roasted almond notes accenting the flavors of cherry purée, crème de cassis and macerated plum. Fresh and focused, with a fine, creamy bead and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2025.—A.N.
Light orange. Deeply pitched cherry and tangerine aromas are complicated by chocolate and smoked meat. This has red wine power and weight, with chewy cherry and bitter chocolate flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Intriguingly complex and wonderfully concentrated rose, finishing with a serious palate-staining cherry pit quality and outstanding persistence. Nothing delicate about this, but nothing brutish either. Wow! (Oct 3 2012)
Dom Ruinart Vintage Rose is a rare expression from the most noble of Chardonnay, a magical experience, a genuine feast for the senses. Dom Ruinart Rose 1996 is a unique type of blend for a Rose champagne, based mainly on Chardonnay grapes: a blend of 84% Grands Grus Chardonnay (55% from the Cote des Blancs and 45% from the Montagne de Reim) and 16% Pinot Noir Grands Crus fully vinified in red from VERZENAY and VERZY.
|Ruinart is the oldest producer of champagne, officially founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, who was the nephew of the monk Dom Thierry Ruinart.