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One of the most serious English Sparkling producers. This historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as 'similar to the Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. The fruit is picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After three years on the lees this wine, composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 22% Pinot Meunier, is hand disgorged and balanced with a minimal dosage of just 4g/L. It has a fine counterbalance between toasty richness and power from the wines élevage in Burgundian French Oak barrels, with racy acidity, tension and a focused chalky minerality.

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Aug242013

Tasting Report: Ruinart

 Ruinart Somm Arnaldo Burgos Pours Ruinart RoseLast night at K&L Redwood City we had a great event with Ruinart. Somm Arnaldo Burgos who poured two great non-vintage wines from Ruinart to a packed house of Champagne fans. We have been anticipating this event for months here at K&L and were very excited to share these great wines with our customers and friends.

 

The tasting started with the Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($62.99)which impressed me with its pale straw color, creamy aroma and crisp flavors. If I had to guess, I would say that this was based on 2008 because of its excellent ripeness and acidity. This is one of the few Blanc de Blancs to use not only Chardonnay from the Cote de Blancs, but also from the Mountain of Reims in its blend and this mountain fruit gives the wine a lushness that is not common in pure Chardonnay Champagnes. It was a big hit at the tasting and we carried a lot out the door after the tasting.

 

Arnaldo also poured the Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne ($72.99)which was full of black cherry Pinot Noir flavor balanced out by vivacious Chardonnay snap. Last year when Ruinart cellar master Frederic Panaiotis visited he explained that they loved to use red wine from Sillery to give their rose its flavor and color. I think this is one of the reasons that I find deeper flavor in this rose than other grand marques that use Bouzy and Cumieres.

Gary and Arnaldo enjoying Ruinart in all sizes

Of course, we also have magnums like the one I am holding in this picture available at K&L! The Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (1.5L) ($149) and Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L) ($129) will always create an instant party. For nights when you are celebrating on your own we also have the Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (375ml) ($39.99) and the Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml) ($44.99). A toast to you! -Gary Westby

 

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