Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
96 points Wine Spectator
Shows beautiful, lacy texture, weaving persistent and mouthwatering acidity with flavors of patisserie pear, dried aprioct, 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. (AN) (11/2013)
95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Powerful smoke- and ginger-accented aromas of poached pear, honey and white flowers, along with a suave mineral overtone and a hint of toasted brioche. Sappy and buttery on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors underscored by a chalky mineral nuance. At once fleshy and energetic, finishing with outstanding clarity, thrust and smoky length. Cream-colored label, indicating a later disgorgement, in this case 2012, as opposed to the earlier disgorged black label version, which was disgorged in 2011. (JR) (12/2014)
95 points Wine Enthusiast
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* (RV) (12/2013)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Close to 30% of the Chardonnay that as always (despite the absence of 'blanc de blancs' from its label) dominates Ruinart’s prestige cuvee comes – specifically in the case of their 2002 Brut Dom Ruinart – from the northern Montagne de Reims, though the rest is from the Cote des Blancs (predominantly Avize and Chouilly). Hints of lees autolysis and heliotrope perfume cap a nose in which very ripe sickle pear predominates. Happily, an efficacious squirt of fresh lime lends refreshing and vivacious acidity to the pear on a lush and gently effervescent palate. Pungently struck-flint and iodine-like notes as well as hints of lightly toasted almond and hazelnut add allure to a generously fruity finish. This might well reward a couple of years’ bottle age, though its highly appealing present personality is very much tied up with freshness. (DS) (11/2013)
Tasted blind. Pale gold. Less obvious nose than the Belle Epoque it was served with but it opened out and became broader. Very frothy and savoury. Some sweetness. I don’t immediately recognise this but I like the length. Very tense and tight. More obvious acidity than the Belle Epoque led me to wonder whether it was Lanson. 17.5/20 Points (JR)
The prestige cuvée of Champagne Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru only, pure-Chardonnay blend. With grapes sourced predominantly from the Côte des Blancs, this cuvée is a firm and muscular champagne with a reductive style that rewards patience if left in the cellar. The 2002 vintage is one of the best Dom Ruinart's ever created.
This is one of the finest Blanc de Blancs champagnes on the market. A vibrant, clear yellow colour with aromas of fresh plums and nashi pears. The freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates in the mouth and the result is a focused purity of exceptional length. The distinctive clear bottle for Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is based on an 18th century original and its Chardonnay persona is harmonious and elegant, capturing the House style.
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