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Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne, France — €99

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Stockists: O’Briens, World Wide Wines; Vintry; Corkscrew; 64 Wines; Jus de Vine; Good Independen­ts.

Ruinart is the oldest champagne house (Gosset is older but didn’t initially make champagne) and this (along with Krug Rosé) was probably the best champagne I tasted all year. Exotic, tropical fruit and zesty lemon aromas, silky and delicate on first sip but then developing and expanding with croissant and lemon elegance and a very long finish.

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