Dom Ruinart Blanc Vintage 2007 750ml
"The 2018 harvest was bountiful, there were no significant battles with the elements, no serious Spring frost, no hideous hailstorms, the sun shone, the nights were just about cool enough, it was, according to Ruinart’s Chef de Cave Frédéric Panaïotis, “an amazing year”.
With the grapes harvested, one of the earliest on record, there is a palpable collective sigh of relief from the Champenois, with the challenges of 2017 – when reserve wines were heavily relied upon – still vivid. Now the hard work begins in the winery, to see whether ’18 turns out to be the ‘vintage year’ they hope for.
97 points Vinous
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. (AG) 97+ (7/2018)
95 points Wine Enthusiast
This is a beautiful wine with minerality, toast and tight acidity mingling with the citrus flavors that are still very present. The balance of the wine is impeccable, on the cusp between youth and maturity at the point when it has just become truly ready to drink. (RV) (7/2019)
94 points Decanter
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. (MA) (10/2018)