First up, the classic non-vintage rosé blend. One of Ruinart’s hallmarks is their high inclusion of the Chardonnay grape in all their wines (all are at least 40% Chardonnay), a technique which lends extraordinary refinement and elegance to the Ruinart portfolio. This rosé, a blend of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir grapes, is no exception.
A short maceration process gives a warm and rather beautiful rose petal pink colour, whilst the nose is clear, crisp and aromatic, with red berries, some bold tropical fruits and tempting floral hints of blossom and rose. It’s a young wine, so that fruity freshness is particularly evident, while energetic notes of guava, lychee and pomegranate promise great things.
As expected, this wine bursts onto the palate in full-bodied and fabulous style, with those complex berry fruits coming through loud and clear, and just a touch of mint on the finish. It’s a seductive, well-rounded and expertly balanced champagne which works perfectly as the ultimate aperitif.