Ruinart NV Blanc De Blancs (92WS 92WE)
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: 088076167223
“Smoky and focused, with an intensity to the racy acidity and tightly knit flavors of white peach, chamomile, crystallized honey, pickled ginger and pink peppercorn. Exhibits lovely texture and offers a long, mineral-tinged finish. Excellent Champagne !” (WS)
“White flower and pear aromas offer a wine that is mineral, nervy, vibrating with the freshest white fruits and lemon juice. It is concentrated, showing strong signs of toast, mature flavors, while keeping great richness.” (WE)
Champagne is the home to the sparkling wine the accompany all types of celebration. It is made from 1 white and 2 red grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
- Champagne is usually non-vintage. Producers blend several vintages to achieve consistent quality. Non-vintage champagne can be drunk young; though further bottle aging will give it more roundness and color.
- Vintage champagne is made in great years only. As 80% of the grapes come from one year, vintage champage is concentrated in flavor and best aged for a decade before drinking.
- Champagne is classified by its levels of sweetness. Extra Brut means bone-dry with less than 0.5% of residual sugar per liter. Brut is the norm, with 0.5-1.5% of residual sugar. Sec despite meaning dry in French, is quite sweet with 2-3.5% residual sugar. Semi-Sec and Doux are even sweeter, with 3.5-5% and 5.5-8% sugar per liter.
- There are over 100 companies (or marques in French) making Champagne. It is useful to know the Tête de Cuvée (top of line) for each marque. For example, Dom Perignon is the Tête de Cuvée of Moët et Chandon and La Grande Dame is the Tête de Cuvée of Veuve Clicquot.
- Blanc de Blanc is the most delicate and lightest of all champagne. It is made solely from Chardonnay. As only one quarter of the land is designated to Chardonnay production, Blanc de Blanc commands a high price!
- Blanc de Noir, on the other hand, is made solely with red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has more complexity than the average non-vintage Champagne.