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Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV ChampagneThe longest-established Champagne house of all, Ruinart has an affinity with chardonnay's freshness, finesse and elegance and all of its finest cuvées lead with this variety, even its prestige rosé. "We hate oxygen!" declares Frederic Panaïotis, Chef de Cave; Ruinart use a pneumatic press to guard the juice against oxidation and nitrogen gas to protect the wine at every production stage. They are also adverse to oak; vinification only takes place in stainless steel. This meticulous attention to detail along with the distinctive rounded bottles, give Ruinart its well deserved reputation. Ruinart's crayeres were dug by hand - the deepest measuring 38 meters in height beneath the vault - and their numerous tunnels criss-cross over a length of more than eight kilometres.
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is made primarily with grapes from Premier Crus from the Cote des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terriors. The blend is formed of 100% Chardonnay grapes from various years (20 to 25% of which are wines reserve from the previous two years).
A pale yellow golden hue with slight luminous qualities. On the nose, fresh ripe fruits are ever present leading to a floral palate combined with peaches and hints of pineapple, this well-rounded elegant champagne leaves hints of citrus fruits through to the long finish.
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Dosage: 9 g/L
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“Pale lemon colour. Youthful, gunpowdery mineral nose with straw, floral and lemon notes. Tart, linear, driven palate. Super lean and fresh with a succulent, fruity finish. Can be closed and muted at first but opens up to a beautiful, soft, toasty richness. The 2010 based cuvée is exceptionally good and shows remarkably in magnums. The 2011 was notably lesser whereas the 2012 based ones are opulent and caressing with generous tropical fruit. Beware of storage conditions as the clear glass allows the light to spoil it quickly.”
“Seems just a tad sweet to me but it certainly ticks the boxes and is fresh enough.”
“A very appealing style that captures the elegance of chardonnay in a way that is still immensely satisfying. The aromas are all based around lemon, grapefruit, fresh floral notes and stone fruits. The palate delivers a ripe impression, flavorsome and full, with peach custard and lemon brulé. Acidity is nicely placed below. Drink now.”
“(full malo; 9 g/l dosage; LAH9T): Light yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and orchard fruits on the deeply perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Offers broad, toasty orange and pear skin flavors with an undercurrent of dusty minerals. Picks up floral and ginger nuances with air, along with hints of iodine and tarragon. Rich yet lively blanc de blancs with powerful back-end lift and finishing grip.”
“NV Blanc de Blancs. Good toasty autolysis-induced nose. Extremely brisk and appetising - seems much drier to me than the launch offering in this new, clear flask bottle. Very clean and fresh.”
“A strong whiff of graphite turns quickly to vanilla and coffee flavors on the palate, with a candied citrus accent. Delicate and detailed, with a firmness on the lingering aftertaste of vanilla and lemon.”
The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. The very first established Champagne House, founded on September 1, 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Nicolas started in the linen trade, and it became his custom to present his customers with Champagne as a token of goodwill, but it was so well appreciated that eventually the trade in linen was replace by Champagne.
His uncle, a learned Benedictine monk called Dom Thierry Ruinart who was a friend and confidant of Dom Pérignon had incredible insight. He foretold that this new "wine with bubbles", developed in his native region of Champagne and which the royal courts of Europe adored, was destined for a bright future.
The creation of the House of Ruinart coincided with the dawn of the Enlightenment in France and of the French "art de vivre". A culture of everything good and beautiful, began to emerge in France with people favouring fine and elegant, light and sophisticated, delicate and rare tastes. The Runiart cuvées naturally found their place. Then with the Royal Decree of May 25, 1728 the gates of Europe were also opened up to Champagne. Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. Prior to this decree, lack of investment in glass bottles made it so that they were too fragile to be shipped outside of the Champagne region.
The House of Ruinart's chalk mines are like underground cathedrals of chalk that were first exploited during the Gallo-Roman period. These grandiose cellars were classified as a historical monument in 1931. They were dug by hand - the deepest measuring 38 meters in height beneath the vault - and their numerous tunnels criss-cross over a length of more than eight kilometres.Luminous white, these chalk mines spread over three levels offer a total absence of vibrations and a constant temperature and hygrometry: the ideal conditions for the fermentation and maturation of Ruinart cuvées.
Over time, they have been the historic and privileged witnesses of the House's greatest moments. When the firms buildings were destroyed during the Battle of the Marne, André Ruinart literally went underground conducting the firm's affairs from one of the crayères. When further shelling flooded his cellars, he simply lashed the office furniture to a wooden platform and it was business as usual from a raft floating in a massive gallery 80 feet below ground.
Ruinart has long maintained privileged relations with the world of art. In 1896, André Ruinart asked the greatest illustrator of his time, Alfons Mucha, to create an advertisement, the modernity of which caused quite a stir. Its commitment to the art world is today expressed through its participation in the greatest international art fairs, but also and above all through its commissions. Soon to celebrate its 300th anniversary, the House of Ruinart is "inspirational" and is today the muse of numerous famous artists all over the world.
Driven by a constant quest for excellence, the House selected Chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, as the common thread for all its cuvées. The wines are exquisite and of exceptional quality but very much a name that is known mainly to the trade and less to the consumer who is missing something special!