low profile, yet select, Champagne house
which is steeped in history. It dates back to the 17th century, the time of the
. It was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart in the city of
Reims. Nicolas' uncle was Dom Thierry Ruinart, close friend to Dom
Pérignon himself. Its Gallo-Roman chalk cellars are now a historical
monument and every two years the finest wine waiters in Europe gather there to
compete for the Trophée Ruinart.
Since the war the house has become synonymous with class and its production of
only 1.7 million bottles per annum is small. It is now part of the LVMH group
that also owns Moët
The house style emphasises the dominance of Chardonnay
over Pinot Noir
and Pinot Meunier.
The 'R' de Ruinart NV
contains 40% Chardonnay minimum, with 25% reserve
wines. Proportions vary in the vintage wine. Ruinart Blanc de
is 100% Chardonnay, sourced from Premier Cru vineyards, while
Ruinart Brut Rosé
is typically 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot, and
it is made with the addition of red wine rather than the saignée
The Dom Ruinart range represents the prestige cuvées of the house.
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
a Grand Cru Chardonnay
, predominantly from the Cote des Blancs (70%) and
the rest from the Montagne de Reims.
Dom Ruinart Rosé
champagne has the same basis as the Blanc de
Blancs (Chardonnay) to which 15% red wine (Pinot Noir
from Verzenay and Verzy) has been