2002 Dom Ruinart Brut Vintage

Year: 2002
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 95
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Smoky and aromatic, with a pleasant bounciness and a refined bead supporting juicy flavors of white peach, grated ginger, blanched almond and hints of grapefruit zest and cardamom. Offers a lasting, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027." (WS)

"Now with another year of bottle age, the 2002 Brut Dom Ruinart is even better than it was last year. A huge bouquet of smoke, roasted almonds, nutmeg and graphite melds into layers of huge, exotic, super-ripe fruit. The 2002 has more than enough pure density and richness to fill out its broad shoulders nicely. It remains a big, powerful wine endowed with tons of pure structure. I can’t wait to see how the 2002 ages. It is without question one of the truly great wines ever made at this historic maison. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.

There are no new releases from Ruinart this year, but I had no issues re-tasting the two wines that are still on the market, as they are fabulous!" (WA)

"($130) Bright yellow. Highly aromatic, mineral- and smoke-accented aromas of poached pear, melon, orange and chamomile, with vanilla and ginger notes adding complexity. Fleshy, expansive and deeply concentrated, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors and deeper notes of dried fig, vanilla and anise. Becomes smokier and spicier with air and finishes with outstanding energy and mineral-driven persistence. Complex enough to drink now, but this Champagne is built for the long haul." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Dom Ruinart 2002 reveals a vibrant, clear yellow colour enhanced with highlights of green almond. The mousse is fine and elegant.

The youth of the wine is evident on the nose with aromas of white flowers (linden blossom), fresh yellow plums, nashi pears and bergamot citrus character. Allowing it to breathe reveals a rich base, with notes of biscuits and coconut followed by hazelnuts. The intensity is highlighted by a mineral, minty freshness.

On the palate the freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates with superb mineral quality and a touch of gunflint. The result is a focussed purity and exceptional length supported by subtle effervescence and beautifully integrated vibrant acidity.