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Dom Ruinart 2009 reveals an intense golden color enhanced with hints of almond green. Sun-kissed aromas of both fleshy and crisp fruit much like a sun-ripened lemon from Italy or juicy and mouth-watering apricot or a perfectly ripe nectarine from the orchard. Floral yet fruity, with white floral notes and honeyed accents. The bouquet evolves towards candied fruits, almond paste and orange blossom, combined with a fresh, chalky character. Rich and elegant; delicate acidity meets the freshness of stone fruit to create wonderful sapidity on the palate. Beautifully balanced, Dom Ruinart 2009 is a flavorful and vivacious wine with a long and subtle finish. Its delicate effervescence only enhances its refined texture.
97 Points - James Suckling An expansive and luxurious blanc de blancs Champagne with incredible depth of toasty and creamy character from long contact with the yeast. Flows over the palate in a single, great wave that extends into the enveloping and energetic finish, making you forget all the troubles of the world. Subtle floral, peach, candied-citrus and spicy notes. Spot-on balance and so lively, it surely has many years ahead of it. 80% of the cuvée is from Avize, Chouilly, Oger and Le Mesnil, plus 20% Montagne de Reims. Drink or hold.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2009 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is showing very well out of the gates, wafting from the glass with aromas of stone fruits, wheat toast, blanched almonds and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, with an ample core of fruit, bright acids and chalky grip, it's complemented by a pretty pinpoint mousse. This is a charming, generous Dom Ruinart, yet it's also quite structured for the vintage and should enjoy a long life.
94 Points - Wine Spectator There's a lovely, buoyant vibrancy to this round and harmonious blanc de blancs, with well-honed acidity wrapped in the fine mousse. Flavors of baked pineapple, ripe apricot, candied ginger and lemon thyme expand on the palate through to the minerally finish of chalk and smoke. Disgorged March 2018. Drink now through 2031.
93 Points - Decanter Bright but soft gold with pewter hints and even a touch of green. Smoky, floral, figs and almond paste, then spring flowers opening up with a little air; the palate repeats this beguiling mantra, reticent, shadowy at first, then, enjoying a few minutes in the glass, broader, fruitier, its appeal built on a foundation of sourdough, sun-ripened lemon and apricot. Supple yet long, sapid yet expressive, a more than pleasing statement from a warm but still classically refined vintage, its finish finely tapered and pleasingly long. Disgorged March 2018. Dosage:4g/L.
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