Sour cherry and rhubarb, rose hip and geranium, smoky black tea and old leather, grapefruit zest and sea water combine for an aromatic performance whose counterpart on a still very sappy and vivacious yet expansive and richly textured palate is satisfyingly long-lasting. The roughly 15% of red Pinot added here to what is essentially the same cuvee as the white Dom Ruinart of its vintage received a longer fermentation on its skins than applied to Ruinart’s “regular” rose, which may be one reason for the nutty, meaty depth that comes out in the finish. It certainly helps explain the invigorating sense of apple skin chew and cherry pit piquancy.
Elegant style. Clean and fresh with citrus and lemon sherbet. Lovely minerality. Good balance and length with persistent mousse. - International Wine Challenge
85% Grand Cru Chardonnay, 66% of this from the Cotes des Blancs, 34% from the Montagne de Reims and 15% Pinot Noir made into red wine from Sillery and Verzenay.
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