Epic, en Magnum: 2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

Posted by Robert Schagrin

Epic, en Magnum
2002 Dom Ruinart BdB MAGNUMS
Lowest Price in the World

"The greatest 2002 I have tasted so far."
-Tom Stevenson, Champagne expert

This is a wine that undeniably stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest, most revered names of Champagne: Dom Pérignon, Krug and Taittinger to name but a few.

Today we have the honor of bringing to market the epic 2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs en MAGNUM.

Ever since the initial release of the regular 750ml bottle last year, this much-anticipated wine's reputation has only grown. Tom Stevenson's referring to the Champagne as "the greatest 2002" he's tasted thus far has only set the bar.

If the sheer quality, the fact that this is one of the most graceful expressions of the Chardonnay grape - at least north of Montrachet - is the key factor in this wine's ascent, there is no denying the value. Keep in mind Dom Pérignon's and Taittinger's CdC 2002 mags are currently at or well north of $400.

I can say from personal experience that the 1964, 66, 71, 73, 79, 82 and 88 have proven themselves some of the greatest blanc de blancs made in the latter half of the 20th Century. With age, these incredible Champagnes shed their baby fat and reveal a complex minerality that screams of Grand Cru Chablis - yes, "Raveneau with bubbles."

While the 1996 was prodigious on release, the 2002 ratchets up the quality to another level. The wine is round and confident, exquisitely ripe fruit cleanly sliced through with ample acidity. The whole package strikes a fantastic sense of harmony as well as a distinct fine-ness on the palate.

For cellaring or consumption, magnum format is it.

The value here has a fairly simple story: For many years, Dom Ruinart wasn’t imported into the U.S. So while this blanc de blancs regally held court in the greatest of cellars and on the greatest of restaurant lists in Europe, in the U.S., only the big Champagne collectors, the obsessed, the most seriously tuned-in had Dom Ruinart on their radar and in their collections.

Having touted the house since we opened Crush, I’m thrilled to see Ruinart begin to get its due. Have no doubt, higher pricing will follow the growing stature of this maison in the U.S.

For the collector, I strongly recommend taking advantage of this extraordinary pricing opportunity and buy as long as you can. In magnum, this wine will make very old bones.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits