The 2007 Dom Ruinart is the first vintage made entirely by Chef de Caves Frédéric Panaïotis, which shows just how long the production cycle is in Champagne. A striking, tightly-coiled wine, the 2007 Dom Ruinart will leave readers week at the knees. In this vintage, Panaïotis took Dom Ruinart, which has traditionally relied on a relatively high percentage of Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims and tilted the balance to 75% Côtes des Blancs and 25% Montagne de Reims fruit. As a result, the 2007 is much more chiseled and steely than is the norm. The citrus, slate, crushed rock, white pepper, mint and floral notes really sizzle in this powerful, dramatically rich Champagne, with bright saline notes that add freshness and vivacity to the striking finish. The 2007 is a stunning Champagne by any measure. Although it is very early, the 2007 has the potential to go down as one of the great Dom Ruinarts. It is every bit that special. Dosage is under 5 grams per liter, a pretty striking change from the 2006, which was closer to 10. Readers who can grab the 2007 won’t want to miss it.
94pts Wine Spectator
Hints of toast and lime blossom on the nose accent the palate's apricot, lemon pastry, candied ginger and crystallized honey flavors in this rich and creamy blanc de blancs. Firm and finely balanced by a chinalike frame of acidity, with the finish echoing hints of smoke, coffee liqueur and spice. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2028.
94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A lot to like here with a fresh array of mandarins, grapefruit and oranges. Super fresh, ripe and vibrant, there’s plenty of toast and minerals, too. The palate is built in a very supple, attractive and powerful style, holding concentrated, fleshy fruit throughout. Has plenty of time ahead. Drink or hold.
Bright lemon-gold in colour with green highlights. It has a filigreed mousse and potentially classy grand cru Chardonnay aromas of citrus. There's a saline whiff of top terroirs and an impressive, structured presence on the mid-palate, bordered by a mineral frame of classic reductive style. It's still very youthful but with another year of bottle age it should develop a characterful vinosity in tune with the notes of spicy lemon confit, a panoply of fresh orchard fruits, peach and pear, and a touch of dried apricot. It's definitely a keeper. Drink with simply cooked salmon, trout, turbot, or lobster. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030
Dom Ruinart are made entirely of Chardonnay Grand Cru from the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims vineyards. Born in great vintages, they come from the best harvests. It is at the heart of the cellars of Maison Ruinart that these prestige bottles are slowly aged, for an average of ten years, and gain in aromatic complexity.