Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Champagne Ruinart Masterclass with winemaker Amélie Chatin, by Alex Robertson

Champagne’s oldest Champagne House, Ruinart, hosted a fantastic evening for 16 very lucky Bancroft guests on Wednesday evening last week. The winemaker Amélie Chatin guided us through five cuvees in an extremely fun and educational masterclass.

Champagne R de Ruinart @ £37.00 per bottle
Delicate on the nose with fresh pear, apricots and floral aromas. The palate is delightfully fresh with ripe flavours of green apple, nectarines and greengage with hints of brioche that linger on a delightfully fresh finish.

Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs @ £47.00 per bottle
Fresh citrus fruit and pineapple fill the glass with notes of white flowers and ginger. The palate is clean and pure with full flavours of passion fruit, citrus and marzipan.  This is a superb Blanc de Blancs that leaves the palate cleansed with life-giving freshness.

Dom Ruinart 2002 @ 115.00 per bottle
A vibrant nose of White flowers, yellow plums, blossom and citrus fruit dominate the youthfull bouquet.  There is a richness of of biscuits, hazelnut and fresh danish pastries that follow.  On the palate the freshenss of citrus and tropical fruit culminates with superb mineral quality and a touch of gunflint.  This Wine has exceptional length supported by subtle effervescence and beautifully integerated vibrant acidity.

Champagne Ruinart Rosé @ £47.00 per bottle
A very fine, subtle fruity nose, dominated by aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries.  The palate is incredibly silky, with excellent balance, lively fresh red berry fruit, giving the wine great elegance.

Dom Ruinart Rosé 1996 @ 186.00 per bottle
Savoury on the nose with notes of ripe strawberries, raspberries and roses.  The maturing characteristics of this rose reveal pinot noir qualitiesb that are rich and meaty, yet elegant with a wonderfully long and creamy finish.  

Written by Alex Robertson, Private Client Sales

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