Dom Ruinart 2004 is made entirely of Chardonnay Grands Crus: 69% from the Côte des Blancs (predominantly from Chouilly, Avize and Le Mesnil) and 31% from the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims (predominantly Sillery and Puisieulx).
This is a perfect combination giving this vintage its ephemeral, delicate structure.
This vintage’s nose reveals the sweet, gentle notes of chestnut, coconut and fresh bread.
This biscuity side to the wine very quickly gives way to aromas of flowers (iris, lily-of-the-valley and flowers of Seville orange trees) and citrus fruits (bergamot and citron).
Just beneath the surface several mineral (wet rock and flint) and iodized saline notes make their appearance.
On the palate this vintage is initially direct but silky, sustained by mineral notes.
The ephemeral nature of the Dom Ruinart 2004 is then revealed through citrus fruit freshness with touches of gentiana.
The very long finish is characterised by grapefruit and kumquat zest notes with just the slightest hints of salinity.
The ephemeral, delicate structure of this vintage combined with outstanding freshness, typical of the Maison, offers the potential to complement very sophisticated dishes such as Peruvian style sea bream ceviche, or a lobster carpaccio with lemon caviar and coriander oil.
The Dom Ruinart 2004 would further benefit from cellar ageing to be enjoyed following several years’ maturation. It will then complement dishes with more intense flavors.