Ruinart is best known for the prestige Dom Ruinart cuvees that are always among the greats of Champagne. This unmistakable Ruinart taste – elegant, full and generous – also runs through the house’s compact range of cuvees. The entry-level “R” de Ruinart Brut NV is the one Champagne that normally has a majority of Pinot Noir in the blend which is always rich and satisfying. The Blanc de Blancs NV blend is crisp and mineral yet smooth and rounded in the house style, with a fine freshness on the end palate while the Brut Rosé is more stylish and incisive.
Maison Ruinart was the first established Champagne House, founded by Nicolas Ruinart in 1729 in the city of Reims. Nicolas Ruinart was the nephew of Dom Thierry Ruinart - a friend and confidant of Dom Perignon - who realised the ambition of his Uncle to make Ruinart an authentic Champagne House. Nicolas was a Reims draper, and initially founded the Maison to produce Champagne that would be given as gifts to his clients for cloth and fabric. However, the demand for his top quality Champagne was such that Nicolas abandoned the drapery trade in 1735 to focus solely on Maison Ruinart.
Since the early 1990’s, production has steadily increased from 1.4 million to 2.5 million bottles. Wisely, Ruinart has been allowed to stay true to the founders’ vision of a premier Chardonnay house of a very particular type and the traditions of excellence continue today.
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