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Ruinart 'Singulier - 18th Edition' Blanc de Blancs, Reims, Champagne, France NV

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CHARDONNAY
LINEAR & MINERAL and FRUITY
SUSTAINABLE FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+ and COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY
MONTAGNE DE REIMS and CHAMPAGNE
FRANCE

Ruinart is the oldest champagne House in France, established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. The House has a strong affinity for the noble grape Chardonnay and therefore produces several Blanc de Blancs style champagnes. 

Adapting to the ever-changing natural environment, Ruinart has perfected its know-how and created a new expression of chardonnay. Ruinart Blanc Singulier embodies the distinctiveness of each year's wines, reflecting the variations in climate and the essence of that specific vintage.

In response to the evolving temperatures in Champagne, the shortened vine cycle, and the accelerated maturation process, chardonnay shows different aromatic profiles with increased fruitiness and spiciness. These climate-exposed chardonnays exhibit a harmonious balance between aromatic families, intensified expression, and a texture characterized by roundness and power.

Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Frederic Panaiotis

Grape Varieties: Ruinart Blanc Singulier Edition 18 is composed of 100% chardonnay from 80% of wines from the harvest in 2018 and 20% of reserve wines. It is made mainly from about twenty vintages, from the Côte des Blancs but also from the Montagne de Reims, the Coteaux d'Epernay and Sézannais.

Soil / Terroir: Well-drained, chalky and limestone soils. 

Vinification: Manual harvesting. Blending of about twenty Chardonnay vintages, 80% of which are from the 2018 harvest. 20% of wines from a perpetual reserve, half of which are kept in oak barrels and the other half in stainless steel. Alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Complete malolactic fermentation. 3 years of aging in the cellar

Dosage: 0g/L (Brut Nature)

Alcohol level: 12,5% Vol.

Tasting Notes: The Edition 18 presents notes of fleshy white and yellow fruits and candied yellow citrus fruits, honeyed floral notes, serene aromatic herbs and smoky spices. 

 

About this Edition:

Ruinart Blanc Singulier is presented as a collection of singular Editions, that will succeed one another at the rhythm of the years marked by an atypical climate.

This Edition stands as a testimony to the climatic variations encountered by our vines throughout the year 2018. Benefiting from a warm and sun-drenched season, the vine's vegetative cycle accelerated significantly, leading to an early and bountiful harvest commencing in August. These distinctive weather conditions brought forth diverse aromatic profiles.

2018 was a particularly warm year in the Champagne region with an average temperature of 12.8°C, 1.1°C higher than the 10-year average. The level of sunshine reached a record this year in Champagne with 2,169 hours of sunshine (+19% compared to the ten-year average) and surpassed that of the scorching year 2003, while rainfall decreased by 7% with 659 mm of rain compared to the ten-year average of 706 mm.