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Ruinart NV Blanc de Blancs
100% chardonnay; a blend of 20–25 crus, mostly premier crus from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, with Sézanne for maturity and the Massif de Saint-Thierry for freshness; 20–25% reserves; 7.5g/L dosage; cork
A crunchy, vivacious and youthful blend presents the fine chalk mineral texture, pale colour and pure lemon, apple and pear fruit of the Côte des Blancs, with a note of fennel suggesting fruit on the cusp of ripeness in this generous season. Signature struck-flint and smoky grilled toast reduction speak Ruinart. Montagne de Reims chardonnay is strategically deployed to provide body and mid-palate fleshiness, without diminishing the tension, line and salty chalk mineral structure of the Côte des Blancs. Bottle age has built subtle nougat and toasty, biscuity complexity. The phenolic grip, grainy coffee bean texture, pear skin bite and grapefruit bitterness inherent to the 2015 season make for a firm finish of dry-extract graininess. It concludes with well-balanced dosage and fresh, clean acidity.
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