Dom Ruinart 2006 is made entirely of chardonnay Grands Crus: 63% from the Côte des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Le Mesnil and Avize) and 37% 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.
The rather subtle, elegant nose presents a very fresh fruity palate, mixed with floral notes: citron (a very sweet citrus fruit), stone fruit(nectarine and yellow plums), and just ripe white fruit with linden and lily-of-the-valley providing floral notes.
The nose continues to develop into a fresh floral register, peppered with several "green" spicy notes.
The 2006 vintage expresses itself in a very gentle, elegant, airy equilibrium, giving a natural sweetness highlighted by a particularly low dosage.
The finale offers delightful citrus fruit notes giving a silky, refreshing acidity.
Dishes combining a silky texture and sweet freshness go best with the balance of Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2006.
White fish or poached shellfish seasoned with herbs, citrus fruit zest and accompanied by a creamy element (cauliflower mousseline, fennel purée, etc.) will provide a delightful pairing.
As all Ruinart vintage champagnes, a few additional years of cellar ageing will enable it to gain complexity and intensity, and to please those mature champagne lovers.