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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 8 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerRuinart (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)3185370283905

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 48 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ruinart Brut on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 143 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Umay Ceviker on 5/9/2015 & rated 89 points: Lovely floral nose, more fruity than it is yeasty-toasty. Very gentle yet persistent mousse. Enjoyable, vivacious wine. (339 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 4/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Beaucoup de bulles fines.
Nez sur les citrons, brioches et amandes.
En bouche, finesse et complexité, un peu beurré et assez vif, très bon. (627 views)
 Tasted by LIE-user on 4/10/2015 & rated 92 points: One of my favorite NV Champagnes. (559 views)
 Tasted by lobuhl on 3/2/2015 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous (684 views)
 Tasted by MoscowVino on 2/15/2015 & rated 90 points: Nose of toast, roasted nuts, lemon-vanilla. Very round and rich in the mouth, towards the hedonistic side, but the sense of acidity picks up on the finish to cleanse the palate and provide a sense of balance. A sure crowd-pleaser. (825 views)
 Tasted by Monsieur le Comte on 2/9/2015 & rated 95 points: very elegant and inherently consistent champagne - fine and multilayered, decent.
in my opinion this wine needs your undivided attention and company, it isn't an easy drinking wine..

P.S. the perfect pirate in a blanc de blancs blind tasting... (827 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 2/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Very pale yellow in the glass with an excellent mousse! Lemon cheesecake character on the nose. Lovely subtle palate- complex and interesting with a long zesty finish. (654 views)
 Tasted by Genghis88 on 1/13/2015 & rated 90 points: Light and perky with very fine bubbles

Nose: brioche, gooseberry & grapefruit, nutty, good minerality

Palate: dry, tart, med + finish, gooseberry, sweetness, sweet tarts candy, sugar rimmed pink grapefruit
Good QPR

At Quattro in North Vancouver (382 views)
 Tasted by MC2 Wines on 12/5/2014: Zachy's Wine Auction - Winter 2014 (Smith & Wollensky (48th & 3rd Ave)): Served by Zachy's as an apertif to lunch. This would probably have been a good champagne on its own, but it didn't stand up to the '99 Pol Roger Winston Churchill. Just much more coarse in flavor. Less tartness though and a bit more of a smooth sipper. (1333 views)
 Tasted by BlancdeBlanc on 11/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Crisp apple, black walnuts, big, blowsy (1099 views)
 Tasted by winesteward on 11/6/2014 & rated 88 points: Medium to full bodied. Quite rich. Red apple and good fruit. Not a lot of complexity but very approachable and a style I enjoy. (1219 views)
 Tasted by Richyperez on 11/2/2014: En Buenaventura con Pipili y Mamitere - precumple de Pipili (1073 views)
 Tasted by Kriz on 10/16/2014 & rated 90 points: A good, fruity Champagne with more than average body. (1218 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 8/30/2014 & rated 94 points: Light straw yellow in the glass with an excellent mousse! Subtle lemon and breadcrumb character on the nose. Lovely smooth palate with great complexity, subtle yeast character and a long fresh finish. (1118 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 8/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Just as expected the nose offers rich creamy baked apples accompanied by sweet brioche. After a while secondary lovely tones of chestnut and rich lychee emerge. The palate is very intense and silky with a creamy and subdued mousse. This bottle does not cross the line where a sweet impression combined with a certain flabbiness takes over. It is a lovely example of the house style. (1344 views)
 Tasted by Champagne88 on 7/4/2014 & rated 90 points: A very Krugy nose. Don't get too excited though, because the palate is certainly less elegant than Krug. Still, a nice bit if Pinot on the mid palate and a nice lemon and mineral finish. A fine blend, and much better than Veuve or Moët. (917 views)
 Tasted by Domberger on 5/20/2014: At Cecconi's, London. Very clean, fresh. (1302 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 5/19/2014 & rated 91 points: Drank at Davy's
Crisp, fresh, clean. Faint nose with a slight smokiness. (1033 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 5/17/2014: Always a bit smoky and just a touch reductive upon first opening. Plus, to me, just a touch too much dosage. Would like it crisp, more linear, higher acidity. But that is a stylistic difference, perhaps not a quality one... (1038 views)
 Tasted by stefad on 4/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Champagne agréable, belle prise de mousse, bulles assez fines, nez brioché et noisette - finale et complexité dans la moyenne - (852 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 2/19/2014: With a touch of that Chardonnay funky reductiveness. (1099 views)
 Tasted by wilypod on 1/2/2014 & rated 88 points: Minerally aromatic, fierce citric bubbles, crushed sea shells, bracing and granny smith tart, but nicer and tastier than all that sounds. A toasty note exists but is not foreground. Really perked everyone up at the moment the New Year rolled in. There is a sense of depth and layers but honestly we were paying more attention to our festivities than the wine. The beautiful bottle delighted our hostess. Good length. 88+ (1030 views)
 Tasted by Firefly78 on 12/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Intense, layered nose. More subtle palate with a little residual sugar. Definitely well-made, but this is overly oaked for my taste. (907 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 12/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Light straw yellow. Pretty, pure nose of green apples, a little brioche. Nice, uncomplicated palate of apples, yeast. Creamy, with a little oak and toast. Works, but perhaps not the best QPR . . . . (891 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 12/16/2013 & rated 90 points: Creamy baked apples adjoined by sweet brioche reach the nose at first sniff. After some aeration the wine develops secondary lovely tones of chestnut and rich lychee. The palate is rather intense and also gives a very silky impression with a creamy and subtle mousse. Sometimes Ruinarts tend to cross the line with a sweet impression combined with a certain flabiness. This BdB however is kept nicely on the right side of the line. It is an elegant wine which certainly deserves some merit. (1139 views)
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, June 2014, Issue #18, Champagne Tasting Notes
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, December 2010, Issue #9, Champagne Tasting Notes
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, New Releases from Champagne (Dec 2010)
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, February 2010, Issue #5, Tasting Notes/Wine Reviews
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/25/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/24/2008)
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By Peter Liem
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Ruinart

Producer website

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

Brut

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetness_of_wine

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Champagne

Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Champagne

The vineyards of Champagne on weinlagen-info

 
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