Ruinart has launched new vintages of the Champagne House’s Prestige Cuvee, Dom Ruinart.

The Dom Ruinart 2006 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 are the first new releases since the Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 2004 (released in July 2014) and its 2002 Rosé (released September 2013).

The new wines are the results of two very different years: the complex 2006, which had extremes of both cold in the winter and heat in the summer, and the rather hot and dry 2004.

The producer believes the subtlety and delicacy of Dom Ruinart 2006 belies a complicated wine-growing year, which culminated in a “summer of contrasts”.

Despite the difficulties of this year, Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis stated he is: “very happy we made the decision to make a Dom Ruinart in 2006 – it was worth it.”

Like all Dom Ruinarts, the Blanc de Blancs blend is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, which in 2006 comprised 63% from the Cote des Blancs and 37% from the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims.

Panaïotis described September 2004 as a “dream”, which led to a healthy harvest and excellent grapes, making up for a gloomy summer. The assemblage of Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004 is 81% Grand Cru Chardonnay and 19% Pinot Noir red wine from Sillery. Both have a lower dosage than previous vintages.

The suggested retail prices are £140 for Dom Ruinart Blanc 2006 and £200 for the Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004.