Ruinart, Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004
The Dom Ruinart Rosé needed more time; 2004 was rather hot and dry without any particular hiccups. An overcast summer and heavy yields raised concerns for a fragile ripening. But a dream September, with 20% more sunshine and 80% less rain, brought healthy grapes and a balanced serenity to the wine, which is famously dominated by Chardonnay.
81% grand cru Chardonnay and 19% red wine for colour and aroma. Rose petal pink with burgeoning subtle hints of copper and gentle bubbles. Complex scents of peach and quince are accompanied by an exotic touch of Asian spices and sandlewood. A welcome touch of noble, ripe tannins makes this a wine for fine food such as feathered game or even scallops. It has a long life ahead of it.
Taster: Michael Edwards
£180.50 (in bond)