Wine Advocate 92 points - The Ruinart 1998 Brut Rose Dom Ruinart I sampled was noticeably marked in texture and complexity by both its long stay on the lees and considerable time in bottle, not to mention by its significant share of red wine. Sour cherry and rhubarb, rose hip and geranium, smoky black tea and old leather, grapefruit zest and sea water combine for an aromatic performance whose counterpart on a still very sappy and vivacious yet expansive and richly textured palate is satisfyingly long-lasting. The roughly 15% of red Pinot added here to what is essentially the same cuvee as the white Dom Ruinart of its vintage received a longer fermentation on its skins than applied to Ruinarts “regular rose, which may be one reason for the nutty, meaty depth that comes out in the finish. It certainly helps explain the invigorating sense of apple skin chew and cherry pit piquancy. As so often in the realm of prestige rose, one is being asked to pay an enormous premium vis-a-vis the corresponding white wine, but in this instance youre also paying for considerable additional aging. And this impressive bottling could easily remain so for several more years. (Nov 2013)
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.
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! (Sep 25 2013)
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.