Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV

Price : $100

VALUE FOR MONEY?

February 17, 2019

Ruinart has a long history in Champagne, dating all the way back to 1729. On its website it claims to have been the first ever Champagne producing company, which appears to be technically true. There were other wine producers in Champagne before Ruinart of course, including Gosset, which was founded in 1584 and is still around today, but they made mostly still wine. Ruinart was the first in the region to focus entirely on sparkling wine. Today it’s owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and is best known for today’s wine, the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

Blanc de blancs means white of whites and refers to a Champagne made entirely from white skinned grapes, specifically Chardonnay. These are usually a little more expensive than your typical Champagne blends, which are a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The most expensive versions can run from several hundred dollars to well over $1000. In that context, the $100 to $150 or so this Ruinart will normally set you back doesn’t seem to bad. Still, the fact that other similar wines are more expensive doesn’t necessarily make this good value, so lets get to the review:

The Review: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

There’s almond and brioche on the nose. The palate is refreshingly dry, though there is a tiny hint of sweetness to stop it from getting out of control. It manages to be dry without being tart. Still, I’d say it’s greatest virtue lies in its mouthfeel – it’s extremely fine and delicate, like the best champagnes are. It’s one of those drinks that just feels fancy. This is a slightly tricky one to score from a value perspective. It’s an excellent Champagne, but at $100+ a bottle, it’s certainly not cheap. And there is a huge range of prices out there from different retailers. It’s probably worth something close to the $99 it’s selling for at Kent Street Cellars but not the $150 a bottle David Jones is asking for. For the purposes of this review, I’ve used the lowest available regular price, which is what I always do. Ultimately, I think this is a lovely Champagne but there are others I’d recommend from a value perspective.

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