2007 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne with Gift Box
Winemaker Notes: Dom Ruinart 2007 has a luminous and intense gold color with iridescent green glints. The attack is a hit of chalk, then flint and oyster shell notes mingle with the smoky aromas of blond tobacco. The nose continues into springtime notes, underscored with light aromas of sap, linden, acacia, extremely fresh yellow and green citrus fruit (lime, yuzu) and green fruit (plum). The subtle notes of fig leaf, liquorice and fine Chinese tea enhance the complexity of its aromatic bouquet. The palate, which begins smoothly, quickly reveals a thrilling, stony liveliness and a deep intensity structured by notes of green citrus and grapefruit. The sap-infused and chalky finish is framed with an elegant bitter flavor. Dom Ruinart 2007 is a dynamic, sculpted wine that expresses the full purity of fine Chardonnay.
Vinous - "The 2007 Dom Ruinart is a stunning, stunning wine. It is also incredibly tight today. Bright acids and beams of minerality infuse the 2007 with remarkable energy and pure cut that carries through to the impossibly long finish. Lemon confit, marzipan, dried flowers, white pepper and a touch of reduction all develop with a bit of time in the glass. The 2007 Dom Ruinart is the first vintage made entirely by Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis. In his debut vintage, Panaïotis took Dom Ruinart, which has traditionally relied on a relatively high percentage of Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims and tilted the balance to 75% Côtes des Blancs and 25% Montagne de Reims fruit, while also lowering the dosage significantly. As for the wine, it is breathtaking. That's the good news. Readers will have to be patient, though, as the 2007 needs time to be at its very best. Disgorged: November, 2017. 97+"
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a beautiful wine with minerality, toast and tight acidity mingling with the citrus flavors that are still very present. The balance of the wine is impeccable, on the cusp between youth and maturity at the point when it has just become truly ready to drink."
Wine Spectator - "Hints of toast and lime blossom on the nose accent the palate's apricot, lemon pastry, candied ginger and crystallized honey flavors in this rich and creamy blanc de blancs. Firm and finely balanced by a chinalike frame of acidity, with the finish echoing hints of smoke, coffee liqueur and spice. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2028."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "A lot to like here with a fresh array of mandarins, grapefruit and oranges. Super fresh, ripe and vibrant, there’s plenty of toast and minerals, too. The palate is built in a very supple, attractive and powerful style, holding concentrated, fleshy fruit throughout. Has plenty of time ahead. Drink or hold."
Decanter - "Bright lemon-gold in colour with green highlights. It has a filigreed mousse and potentially classy grand cru Chardonnay aromas of citrus. There's a saline whiff of top terroirs and an impressive, structured presence on the mid-palate, bordered by a mineral frame of classic reductive style. It's still very youthful but with another year of bottle age it should develop a characterful vinosity in tune with the notes of spicy lemon confit, a panoply of fresh orchard fruits, peach and pear, and a touch of dried apricot. It's definitely a keeper. Drink with simply cooked salmon, trout, turbot, or lobster. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030"
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