For 7 years, the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships have been rewarding the best sparkling wines in the world. This year, Maison Ruinart is pleased to announce that Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 in magnum format has been crowned the best Champagne in the world.
Rosé champagne has a special place in the history of the House. Indeed, its creation dates back almost 260 years. In 1764, Ruinart was the first champagne house to market a rosé champagne, then called ‘Oeil de Perdrix’.
Consecrating the finest harvests, the Dom Ruinart cuvée gives pride of place to Chardonnay, the emblematic grape variety of Maison Ruinart. Always vintage, it was born in 1959 and has since known only 26 vintages. The Chardonnay matures for almost ten years with great care and patience in the perfect conditions in their Crayères (old limestone quarries). This is followed by the remuage (turning of the bottle) and the disgorgement phase (de-fermentation), following the old Champagne tradition.
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Its rosé expression is even rarer because it is made from the base of Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs from the same year (about 80%), and blended with Pinot Noir vinified in red from the same year. The year must therefore be both exceptional for Chardonnay and Pinot. Only 20 vintages have been marketed since the first in 1966.
Proof of the challenge of time, it is the Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, 14 years old already, which invites itself to our end-of-year celebrations to close 2021 in beauty and in magnum, with its title of Best Champagne in the world. Time continues its work.
This cuvée was crowned by the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, a benchmark international competition. This global wine competition, launched in 2014 by internationally renowned specialist writer and author Tom Stevenson, aims to provide consumers and professionals with the annual guide to the best champagnes and sparkling wines in the world. The jury is exclusively made up of champagne and sparkling wine specialists and the tasting is completely blind.
The 2004 vintage is marked by a complex and delicate aromatic palette, which brings together in this blended rosé, flavors of crunchy red fruits with smoky and spicy notes. The texture is supple, elegant. It accompanies a length in the mouth carried by a fresh and tense Chardonnay that time has not attenuated but more firmed up thanks to aging in magnums.
The magnum format is the one that best preserves the freshness of the wines. Thanks to a longer ageing, its volume allows the development of more intense notes.