CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE
The start of the 2010 vintage was marked by a fresh spring with temperatures well
below the ten-year average. These lower temperatures persisted until flowering and
were the reason behind a delay of five days in the vine’s cycle.
The summer of 2010 actually started off well, neither too hot nor too cold, with a
summer rainfall deficit of 25% compared to the 10-year average. Everything changed
mid-August as the grapes began to ripen with torrential rains (the equivalent of two
months of rainfall) in the Champagne region. The extreme conditions of constant
heat and humidity favoured the development of the Botrytis cinerea fungus, which
particularly attacked the pinot noir and meunier grapes. Fortunately chardonnay, less
sensitive at this stage, was spared.
September was a milder month. Harvest began on September 15th and the optimal
quality of the chardonnays was maintained until maturity at the end of the harvest.
The 2010 chardonnays were characterised by a high potential degree of alcohol and
a good total acidity level: a balance allowing our oenological team to express all their
know-how when blending these great chardonnays.
The colour of this wine is an intense golden yellow with light greenish hues. The effervescence
is fine and persistent.
The first nose gives powdery, floral (iris) and mineral (wet rock) notes evoking the chypre
world of perfumery. Then, toasted and spicy notes dominate: the mace of nutmeg, roasted
hazelnut and almond, a hint of coffee, reminiscent of enveloping and reassuring perfumes.
Zesty notes of ripe citrus fruits give power to the aromas of this vintage.
Rich in taste, Dom Ruinart 2010 is vibrant and concentrated. It imposes itself with great
aromatic intensity. Fresh fig tree leaf aromas mingle with notes of black tea and fresh spices
(Sil-Timur berries, Mahaleb). The flavors develop and grow in layers leading to a complex
mouthfeel, continuing to a fresh finish enhanced by an elegant bitterness. The 2010
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs has a seductive feel, a grand chardonnay wine.