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.
The wine is a brilliant orange-yellow rose petal color with a very fine, profuse and sustained mousse. The nose is characterized by small red berries, mainly currant. On the palate the wine is vigorous and well balanced. A fine, fresh, fruity wine with well-integrated tannins and a hint of spice on the lengthy finish. Ruinart Rosé is produced from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from the best of recent vintages. All of the fruit is from premiers crus vineyards. Grapes from the estate vineyards in Sillery and Brimont (ancestral home of the Ruinart family) are joined by carefully selected grapes from other premiers crus vineyards in the Côte de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. The grapes for Ruinart are selected basket by basket at the source, and only the finest premiers crus are used. Critical Acclaim
Simple red fruit nose, chewy texture with a refreshing finish. Less substance and grain than the Veuve Clicquot rosé. (RH)”