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by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
September 14, 2011

'96 RuinartCynthia Sin-Yi Cheng

558 Third Ave
@ 37th St
New York, NY 10016

96 Dom Ruinart (750 ml) $255

Crush Wine & Spirits
153 East 57th St
3rd Ave & Lexington
New York, NY 10022

02 Dom Ruinart (750 ml) $126.95
Pre-order now for delivery in October

Dom, Dom, Dom. When you hear that you must think of everyone’s imagine of the uber luxurious Dom Pérignon. But the Dom that really has my heart is Dom Ruinart.

Why, you ask? Let’s see:

  1. REPUTATION: Ruinart is the oldest champagne-producing house in Champagne. It was founded in 1729.
  2. QUALITY: It’s a Grand Cru champagne. Chardonnay only from the best villages in Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs.
  3. AGE-WORTHINESS: It’s a blanc de blancs which has amazing potential for maturing and evolving.
  4. TASTE & TEXTURE: It’s incredibly rich and racy.
  5. QPR: The price is shockingly reasonable for a prestige cuvée wine.

This is a vintage champagne to impress. It’s a bit under the radar for younger buyers and a bit forgotten by the more mature wine buyers. But, this is a champagne star if you ask me.

I tasted a preview of the 2002 vintage, which was a lesson in structure and harmony. Bold and round, it’s one of those vintage wines that is drinking well now but will definitely benefit from ageing. Ripe yellow fruits coupled with brightness in the acidity and a low dosage. It’s clean as a whistle but sharp as one also. The 1996 served from a magnum, which followed, was just stunning. Almost too beautiful to be true. Are you listening now?

Listening to Champagne bubblesChristine Guzman, Marketing Coordinator at MHUSA / Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng


Comments (1)

Warren Bobrow

Sep 14, 12:16 PM

nice piece, beautiful photograph!

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