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Ruinart 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, the year after a Royal Decree in 1728 whereby Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. This opened the gates of Europe to champagne and thus makes Ruinart the oldest Champagne House. Nicolas' uncle was Dom Thierry Ruinart, close friend to Dom Pérignon himself and an inspiration behind the creation of this house after the Dom’s death. Its Gallo-Roman chalk cellars are now a UNESCO-classified historical monument and every two years the finest sommeliers in Europe gather there to compete for the Trophée Ruinart. Since the second world war the house has become synonymous with class and its production of only 1.7 million bottles per annum is small compared to other grande marques. It is now part of the LVMH group that also owns Moët & Chandon. The house style emphasises the pre-eminence of Chardonnay over Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The 'R' de Ruinart NV contains 40% Chardonnay minimum, with 25% reserve wines. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, sourced predominantly from Premier Cru vineyards, while Ruinart Brut Rosé is typically 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot, of which 18% is red wine, so following the assemblage, rather than the saignée method of rosé production. The Dom Ruinart range, named for the spiritual father of the House, represents the prestige cuvées of the house. Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru Chardonnay, predominantly from the Côte des Blancs (70%) and the remainder from the Montagne de Reims. Dom Ruinart Rosé champagne has the same basis as the Blanc de Blancs (Chardonnay) to which 15%-20% red wine (Pinot Noir from Verzenay and Verzy) has been added. These are amazingly rich and pure in youth developing red Burgundian notes with long ageing such as in the 1988 or 1990 vintages.
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Made from 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, ‘R’ De Ruinart makes use of 40% Reserve wine and is aged on lees for three years. The wine is elegant with floral notes to the fore and hints of white peach and acacia on the palate. An excellent aperitif wine, this is a splendid introduction to the delights from this most ancient of Champagne Houses. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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Premier and Grand Cru sites only supply the grapes for this excellent rosé, which is made up of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir, with 18% of the latter added as red wine. A subtle nose of rosehip, spice and wild strawberry; on the palate the wine marries exuberant fruit with a richly velvety texture. Ruinart are famous for their Rosé; justly so it would seem. Simon Field, MW - Wine Buyer
The nose of this fine blanc de blancs is instantly welcoming. The unmistakable elegance of Chardonnay; subtle fruit, fresh salinity and mineral high tones give a wonderful poise to this Champagne. All of which is underpinned by a richness of sweet hazelnut and a toasty brioche note. Superb! Adam Holden – Wholesale Manager The distinctive clear bottle for Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs is based on an 18th century original; its elegant Chardonnay persona is harmonious and elegant, capturing the House style. It is one of the finest Blanc De Blancs on the market, luminous of hue, rounded of form and lengthy in the memory. Simon Field MW - Wine Buyer
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Dom Ruinart vintage Rose is one of the most sophisticated roses in the market, a blend of Chardonnay, the signature grape of the house, with the inclusion of Pinot Noir, both from Grand Cru vineyards. The nose is bold with yeasty complexity, supple, round and harmonious palate, showing notes of nectarine, apricot and cherry-plum. Wonderful with filet of veal in lemon and caper sauce, lobster salad or crab cakes.
Wistful summer fruits, hints of autumnal evenings, nectarine, peach, small red berried fruit, cloves, hazelnut and gentle spice; a perfectly mature wine, its vinosity adding complexity, its character distinctly Champenois, its nobility unchallenged. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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Magnum 3 x 150cl
This is one of the finest Blanc de Blancs Champagne on the market, luminous of hue, rounded of form and lengthy in the memory. The distinctive clear bottle for Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs is based on an 18th century original; its Chardonnay persona is harmonious and elegant, capturing the House style.