Ruinart, Rosé, Champagne, France NV
Utterly delicious, totally fruit-driven and with surprising finesse, this is just the second Ruinart Brut Rosé cuvée produced by Fred Panaiotis, the young, highly talented new chef de caves. If he keeps this up, Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house, could be a superstar in the making.
(at The Champagne Show tasting, London, 01 Nov 2019)
Made with a large proportion of Pinot Noir, and up to 19% red wine addition, this pink is quite a fruit-forward expression. The palate prickles with bubbles, and has expansive flavours of creamy apple and red fruits. There's a touch of spice on the mid-palate, and good acidity to keep things vibrant. A fresh style, rounded out with a nice creaminess.
(at North Devon, 15 Jan 2021)
Drinking Window: 2021 - 2026
A blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, and featuring around 25% reserve wines, this is 100% premier cru fruit from the Montagne des Reims and Côte des Blancs. Almost a third of the Pinot Noir was vinified as a still wine. A deep coral colour, this is fresh and youthful, with rounded wild red berry fruit, and hint of rose. With some time in the glass, it develops deeper, complex, more exotic notes, leading to a long and lively finish. Dosage: 8g/L.