Considered to be the oldest Champagne house established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, nephew of Dom Thierry Ruinart who was close friends with Dom Perignon. Since 1963 Ruinart has been part of luxury good company LVMH. The house is best know for it's excellent use of Chardonnay especially in it's flagship Dom Ruinart and it's non vintage Blanc de Blancs.
Champagne Ruinart ‘R’ de Ruinart NV
A vibrant, clear yellow colour with golden reflections. Good brilliance with sustained effervescence and a very persistent foam. Frank and direct attack on the palate. A balanced wine, rounded and full-bodied, with an attack scented with ripe fruits (greengages and nectarines). The finish is long, the well-integrated dosage giving way to the characteristic freshness of the Chardonnay which makes up most of the blend.
A perfect champagne for aperitifs whatever the occasion. It may also be served with refined, light starters such as poached oysters and seared scallops, or with a main dish such as sole meunière. It is also excellent with local cheeses with a short ripening time, such as Chaource or a very creamy Langres.
The blend is made up of 40% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir and 11% Meunier, 20 to 25% of which are wines reserved from the 2 previous years. All of the grapes are hand picked within the regulations of the region. Fermentation takes place in temperature-regulated stainless steel fermenters. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation giving it a creamy texture. The newly blended wine then spends extended time on the lees in Ruinart’s ancient cellars before disgorgement with a dosage of 9 g/l.