is a low profile, yet select, Champagne house
which is steeped in history. It dates back to the 17th century, the time of the famous Dom Pérignon
. 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 & Chandon
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 Blancs
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 method.
The Dom Ruinart range represents the prestige cuvées of the house. Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
is 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 added.