Wine Enthusiast 95 points - A superb, mature wine that is ripe, toasty and full of yellow- and white-fruit flavors. A fine balance brings up spice, an opulent texture, a taut edge of steel and a feeling that this fine wine is ready to drink. It can age, and it will be better over the next few years as its secondary aromas stay in balance with the fruitiness. - Cellar Selection (Dec 2013)
Wine Spectator 96 points - Shows beautiful, lacy texture, weaving persistent and mouthwatering acidity with flavors of patisserie pear, dried apricot, almond paste, pickled ginger, acacia blossom and clover honey. This is underscored by a rich note of smoky minerality that rings out on the finish. Drink now through 2030. From France.—A.N. (Sep 25 2013)
Wine Spectator 93 points - Smoky and aromatic, with a pleasant bounciness and a refined bead supporting juicy flavors of white peach, grated ginger, blanched almond and hints of grapefruit zest and cardamom. Offers a lasting, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027.—A.N.
Like a well-tuned symphony this delicious wine offers beautiful harmony between the finely detailed texture, the lacy, mouthwatering acidity and the range of flavors, from fresh, floral tones of apricot, apple blossom and pink grapefruit zest to richer notes of toasted nut, spiced plum, freshly ground coffee, anise, cumin and cardamom. Drink now through 2027. –AN (Oct 10 2012)
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.