(55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay; 9 g/l dosage; LAH9V): Light orange. Sharply focused red berry and tangerine scents are complicated by suggestions of allspice and cinnamon, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Sappy and minerally on the palate, offering fresh strawberry and blood orange flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Packs a serious punch but carries no excess weight and finishes stony and very long, with echoing red berry character. -- Josh Raynolds 92
Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house. The Champagne is made with all Premier Cru fruit.* The color is a delicate pomegranate pink with very slightly orange reflections. The sparkling, light effervescence has a persistent foam.* The nose is subtle and fresh, first offering a palate of tropical fruits (guava and lychee) and small berries (raspberries, cherries and wild strawberries) in the first instance. These are followed by rose and pomegranate notes which complete the complex, intense aromatic profile.* The palate is distinct and full, cradled by a gentle effervescence. The aromas of freshly picked berries are fully expressed. The balance brings together a delightful freshness and voluptuous body, expressed by an elegant touch of mint and pink grapefruit.