| Vinous 92 points (Jan 2015)
(full malo; 9 g/l dosage; LAH9T): Light yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and orchard fruits on the deeply perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Offers broad, toasty orange and pear skin flavors with an undercurrent of dusty minerals. Picks up floral and ginger nuances with air, along with hints of iodine and tarragon. Rich yet lively blanc de blancs with powerful back-end lift and finishing grip.
Wine Spectator 93 points (Oct 29 2014)
This deftly woven Champagne is all about finesse, offering a rich vein of smoky minerality and vivid acidity. The power is cloaked in a silky texture and notes of creamed pear, lemon confit, almond biscotti and fresh ginger. Drink now through 2021.A.N.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points (Dec 2013)
Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs is structured and intensely minerally, but with a rich, full, creamy palate. It is finely balanced-elegant yet fruity-with a bright, crisp aftertaste. Drink now.
Wine Advocate 94 points (Dec 2010)
The 1998 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart, on the other hand, is breathtaking. This beautiful, precise wine flows with an array of smoke, toastiness, ripe Chardonnay fruit and minerals. The 1998 is a wonderfully open, at times highly expressive Dom Ruinart that nevertheless appears to have the freshness and vibrancy to age well for a number of years. The pointed, refined finish leaves a lasting impression. Today the 1998 remains painfully young and austere, especially after it sits in the glass a while. This is a terrific effort from Ruinart and Chef de Caves Frederic Panaiotis. This is Lot LAFSIBB. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2038.