A noble, rare, delicate grape variety, much sought after in the Champagne region, chardonnay is the predominant grape in the grand cru and premier cru vineyards. And it is to this variety of grape in particular that we owe the freshness and refined elegance of all Maison Ruinart cuvées. Read on to learn more about this robust and versatile grape variety.
Maison Ruinart is not only one of the most famous Champagne Houses in the world, it is also the oldest. Founded in 1729, Maison Ruinart has stood the test of time, and to this day stands firm on its commitment to the exacting standards that underpin its prestige.
Age-old skill and know-how
Located near Reims, Champagne’s famous chalk cellars, acquired in the 18th century by Ruinart in which to age its bottles, are now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only ones classified as a national natural site. Dug into the chalk, these cellars guarantee a constant temperature of 11°C and a humidity level of 95%, thereby playing a fundamental role in the production of Maison Ruinart’s exceptional champagnes. It is in this special environment that the wine is aged and then riddled and labelled.
Today, though, Maison Ruinart finds itself up against a new challenge: to maintain its distinctiveness and high standards in the face of environmental and climate change. The Maison is therefore committed to preserving its age-old skill and know-how, while developing a vision for the future. Chardonnay, which accounts for 30% of Champagne’s vineyards, flourishes in chalky soil, which gives it its characteristic minerality and roundness.
The art de vivre à la Ruinart
Maison Ruinart is synonymous with an art de vivre that oozes refinement and elegance, in a world where gastronomy and art play an important role. Gastronomy has the power to connect us to the world through the rhythm of nature and the seasons. It brings us closer to and gives us a greater appreciation of beauty. Ruinart champagnes embody this meeting between the sublime and the authenticity of the land through their distinct finesse and aromatic freshness.
“Contemporary art builds bridges, strengthens dialogue and reconnects us with nature and the environment.” This is something that Maison Ruinart strongly believes in, one of its core values, as demonstrated by its “Carte Blanche Ruinart” initiative, which each year gives an international artist the opportunity to produce an original artwork, to be exhibited in contemporary art galleries around the world.
A champagne for every occasion
Maison Ruinart’s range of champagnes has been designed to offer a champagne for every occasion – from simple get-togethers to grand, memorable events.
Thanks to its unique blend of the racy elegance of chardonnay, delicate structure of pinot noir and fruitiness of pinot meunier, the Maison’s “R de Ruinart” champagne is perfect for toasting good news and good times. An elegant, easy-to-drink champagne with a harmoniously fresh velvety texture and subtle notes of almond.
A blend of 25 to 30 crus, carefully selected to offer an enveloping experience of pure citrus fruits, floral notes, freshness and roundness on the palate, the “Ruinart Blanc de Blancs” is emblematic of the Ruinart taste. For a special champagne. For a champagne that combines simplicity and vision.
To celebrate a happy occasion, fans of fruity notes will do well to reach for the “Ruinart Rosé”, boasting all the fresh, floral characteristics of chardonnay with all the intensity of pinot noir. Versatile and well-rounded, this champagne is characterised by notes of exotic fruit, for a delicate, silky-smooth flavour on the palate.
Dom Ruinart: an exceptional range
A rare blend of the finest chardonnay vintages, “Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs” is a premium champagne, a compendium of style where its complexity and fullness are guaranteed to add an extra special touch to any special occasion.
A champagne par excellence, “Dom Ruinart Rosé” embodies all the grandeur of the iconic Ruinart style. A unique champagne that owes all its finesse and elegance to a blend of grands crus of chardonnay and pinot noir. A sun-drenched champagne that pays tribute to the purity and depth of the very finest of crus from the Champagne region. A truly exceptional drink!
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