Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV (6 x 750mL), Champagne, France.

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$99.99 per Bottle
$599.94 per pack
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Overview

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is comprised of 100% Chardonnay grapes grown primarily with Premiers Crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, both prized for their aromatic finesse. Grapes sourced from the Sézannais hillsides are chosen for their roundness and those from Saint-Thierry massif for lightness and freshness. Ruinart seeks Chardonnays with a floral bouquet which will develop notes of ripe yellow fruit. It is this selection of vineyards which results in the freshness and unexpected roundness in the mouth that makes Ruinart Blanc de Blancs unique.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

Panaiotis' aim in this young blend is "to capture the light of Champagne", the elegance and freshness of chardonnay. The wine articulates its philosophy vividly, driven by pure lemon fruit and delicate citrus blossoms. In younger disgorgements, there's a wonderful hint of struck flint, harking to the reductive nature of the house. A beautifully fresh and electric style of stunning persistence and linearity, giving voice to the full and gentle minerality of the premier crus of the Cote des Blancs. Rating 95 points - Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

Winery Tasting Notes

Appearance

Pale, golden-yellow colour with subtle green glints and wonderful luminosity with a persistent stream of fine and delicate bubbles.

Aroma

On the nose, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs offers fresh fruits dominated by citrus fruit and pineapple mixed with notes of white flowers and spices (ginger and cardamom).

Palate

On the palate, a superb Blanc de Blancs is revealed with a clean, pure and well-defined palate. The attack is supple and full-bodied.

Food Matching

A very sociable wine, excellent for aperitifs on a sunny terrace on a summer afternoon. It is a wonderful accompaniment for langoustine or tartar of sea beam served with olive oil and lemon. Grilled sole or a white fish sashimi would also marry the wine perfectly.

Vintage
non-vintage
Region
FRA - Champagne
Grape Style
Champagne
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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Frédric Panaïotis grew up between his grandparent’s chardonnay vines in Champagne and chardonnay remains close to his heart, making him right at home as chef de cave at Ruinart. The longest established champagne house of all has an affinity with chardonnay’s freshness, finesse and elegance, and all of its best cuvées lead with the variety, even its prestige rosé. Without the might of Moët & Chandon, the brand impact of Veuve Clicquot or the cachet of Krug, Ruinart lurks as the low profile member of the Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy family. On Reim’s famed Rue de Crayères, its premises hides behind the grand street presence of Pommery and Veuve Clicquot. Its low profile is just as Panaïotis would have it. “In France we have a saying, if you live underground, you live happy!” he says. But on the strength of its current cuvées, Ruinart has no need to lay low.

Champagne is planted to just twenty-eight percent chardonnay, making this the rarest of the region’s threekey varieties, and the most difficult to source. Ruinart owns just ten percent of its vineyards, includinglongstanding resources of fifteen hectares of chardonnay at Sillery and Puisieulx on the eastern slopes of theMontagne de Reims, providing a richer and rounder style than the Côte des Blancs. Long-term contracts withgrowers form the vast bulk of Ruinart’s supplies, supplemented in recent times through vineyards acquiredfrom Lanson and Joseph Perrier. This has enabled the house to increase its annual production from 1.4million to more than 2.5 million bottles over the past two decades.

Ruinart’s distinctive rounded bottles make riddling challenging and the house relies exclusively on gyropalettes, which Panaïotis claims give a better result by far. The clear glass of these bottles makes the wine susceptible to lightstruck degradation, making it vital that they are stored in the dark.

Ruinart has occupied its premises in Reims since 1768 and it was the first in Champagne to use the third century Roman Crayères (chalk mines) under the city to age its champagnes. Its location on top of the hill make its eight kilometres of cellars some of the deepest and most spectacular in Champagne, plunging to depths of up to thirty-eight metres. These are the only cellars in Champagne classified as a national monument. A distinguished home for such graceful champagnes.

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