The champagne Dom Ruinart 1998 is a more classic vintage than 1996. It is made of 85% Chardonnay (66% from Grand Cru plots of the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; and 34% from the Montagne de Reims: Sillery, Puilsieux, Verzenay) and 15% Pinot Noir vinified as a red wine, from Sillery and Verzenay plots.
It is a bright and soft pink Champagne, with golden pink and coral glints which will become more intense through the years. Dom Ruinart 1998 Rosé Champagne offers an open and promising nose in a mix of flowers (roses and geranium) as well as an explosion of fruits (redcurrant, wild strawberry, red plum...). The maturity of the vintage appears only after a few minutes in the glass and goes along with warmer notes (white chocolate, candied grapefruit, fruit jelly, with a hint of honey). On the palate, the Chardonnay marks the attack which is creamy, precise and delicate. The finish (finely structured with a restrained power) lets the Pinot Noir express a fine bitterness of rhubarb and grapefruit due to its low dosage.