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Ruinart releases 1998 vintage rosé Champagne

Published:  12 December, 2012

Ruinart has released its 1998 rosé Champagne - its first vintage rosé in five years.

Maison Ruinart, which was established in 1729, only makes the Dom Ruinart Rosé in exceptional vintages.

The blend for the 1998 vintage was made using 85% Grand Cru Chardonnay, 66% of this from the Côtes des Blancs (Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and 34% from the Montagne de Reims (Sillery, Puisieulx, Verzenay), and 15% Pinot Noir vinified as red wine from the Sillery and Verzenay Crus.

After its 1996 vintage, when Ruinart last produced a vintage of the Dom Ruinart Rosé, the region experienced a more typically balanced vintage in 1998. It had a variable summer, with sunny weather from mid September.

Frédéric Panaïotis, Ruinart's cellar master said: "With almost 15 years of bottle age, the Dom Ruinart Rosé 1998 displays superb maturity and focus, and is showing very nicely already, but I believe has the potential to age further as with its illustrious ancestors, the 1996, 1990 and 1986 vintages."

The Dom Ruinart Rosé 1998 is available at Fortnum & Mason with an rrp of £230.