21.03.17

New Dom Duo - Ruinart Launches Two New Dom Ruinart Vintages

Press Release

New Dom Duo - Ruinart Launches Two New Dom Ruinart Vintages

Ruinart’s Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis, was in London recently to launch new vintages of the House’s Prestige Cuvée, Dom Ruinart.  Dom Ruinart 2006 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 are the first new releases since the Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2004 (released in July 2014) and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002 (September 2013).

The wines are the results of two very different years: the complex 2006, which had extremes of both cold in winter and heat in summer, and the rather hot and dry 2004.

The subtlety and delicacy of Dom Ruinart 2006 belies a complicated wine-growing year, which culminated in a summer of contrasts.  The July heatwave was followed by a cold and wet August, then a hot, sunny first fortnight of September, which accelerated ripening.  It then became cooler again, forcing winemakers to finish picking, so only the very best grapes were kept.  Despite the difficulties, Panaïotis states he is “very happy we made the decision to make a Dom Ruinart in 2006 - it was worth it.”

Like all Dom Ruinarts, the Blanc de Blancs blend is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, which in 2006 comprised 63% from the Côte des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Le Mesnil and Avize), and 37% from the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims (predominantly Sillery and Puisieulx), compared to 69% and 31% respectively in Dom Ruinart 2004.

Panaïotis described September 2004 as a “dream”, which led to a healthy harvest and excellent grapes, making up for a gloomy summer.  The perfect health of the grapes created a wine with ripe, sweet red-fruit aromatics, tempered by fresh floral and mineral notes.  The assemblage of Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 is 81% Grand Cru Chardonnay, 69% from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and 31% from the Montagne de Reims (Puisieulx, Sillery), and 19% Pinot Noir red wine from Sillery, a slight variance from the 20% red wine used in the 2002 composition.

Both new releases have a lower dosage (4.5g/l) than the previous vintages (5.5g/l), allowing the signature Ruinart freshness and acidity to shine through.

Suggested retail price for Dom Ruinart Blanc 2006 is £140.00 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 £200.00.

 

About Dom Ruinart

Ruinart was the first established Champagne house, founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart with the encouragement of his uncle Dom Thierry Ruinart.  The first Dom Ruinart Cuvée, named in honour of the inspiration Dom Thierry provided to found the House, was created 230 years later in 1959.  This first Dom Ruinart was released in 1966, the same year the first Dom Ruinart Rosé was created (released in 1973).  Dom Ruinart is aged for a minimum of 12 years, with manual grape-harvesting, and all disgorged by hand.  Panaïotis revealed that after 9 years of searching (he joined in 2007), he has recently found bottles of each of these first releases, previously missing from the collection at Ruinart.

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Date of issue:  6 March 2017

Further information:  emma wellings pr  020 8996 5168  emma@ew-pr.co.uk