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If ever visiting Champagne the cellars of Ruinart are a must. They were the first house to utilise the ancient Roman chalk pits (crayeres) to mature and age their champagnes. With the oldest dating from the 3rd.century, the 24 roman pits extend for 8 kilometres and up to 34 metres deep, these white, cathedral-like tunnels offer the ideal conditions for fermenting and maturing Champagne. In 1931 they became the only cellars to be declared a national monument.

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History

Ruinart's history dates back to the 17th Century, founded by Nicolas Ruinart. It is a tale of two Dom's, Dom Ruinart and Dom Perignon, close friends, Dom Thierry Ruinart Nicolas's uncle.

Established in 1729, Ruinart has the distinction of being the oldest Champagne house. Founded by wealthy cloth merchant Nicolas Ruinart who was inspired by his uncle the benedictine monk Dom Thierry Ruinart, a close friend and contemporary of Dom Perignon. Initially the champagne produced was given away to Nicolas's wealthy clients as a reward for purchasing his cloth and fabrics, however when the demand became so great, it was clear what direction the company was to take. In 1735 they abandoned the cloth trade, to concentrate on the burgeoning champagne trade.

 

Ruinart is now owned by LVMH and sits neatly in their portfolio of impressive Champagne houses, with a production of only 1.7 million bottles per annum, relatively speaking Ruinart is a small producer and has a surprisingly low profile. 
 

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Vineyards

Ruinart is a Chardonnay dominant house. Chardonnay is the least planted of the three key varieties in Champagne and can often be one of the most difficult to source. Ruinart own just 10% of their vineyards but have long standing contracts to help meet their requirements. It can be a delicate and fragile variety, however it is the golden thread that runs through all of Ruinart's cuvées. Sourcing Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims in particular from the villages of Sillery and Puisieulx, provide extra depth, dimension and roundness to the wines. While the Chardonnay sourced from the greatest sites of the Cote des Blancs add a mineral elegance and intensity. It is the judicious blending of these different areas that help to make the greatest expressions of Blanc de Blancs in both the non-vintage and prestige 'Dom Ruinart' cuvées.

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Winemaking

Chef de Cave, Frédéric Panaïotis described his methods as the antithesis of the Krug or Bollinger styles seeking instead 'fresh aromas, vivacity, purity and luminosity'. It is the essence that has made Ruinart one of the benchmarks for Chardonnay. However, to achieve aromatic richness and depth of flavour requires long ageing in the cellars which is why Ruinart's non-vintage blends will receive a minimum of 3 years, while the Dom Ruinart will be aged for 9-10 years.
All wines go through full malo-lactic fermentation with a high percentage of reserve wines used in the non-vintage blends. The level of dosage has been gradually reduced over the years as part of their ongoing commitment to producing the highest quality Champagnes possible.

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Dom Ruinart by Richard Juhlin

According to a variety of sources, the monk Dom Ruinart had almost the same significance during his lifetime as his good friend Dom Pérignon, the man who was described long afterwards as the father of champagne. Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709), a Benedictine monk from Reims, provided his nephew Nicolas Ruinart with sufficient knowledge to be able to establish the first Champagne House in 1729. The company soon became successful on widely varied export markets, and it was frequently visited on account of its deep, exceptionally beautiful limestone cellars, today classed as a historical monument. Deep down in these cellars, several of the world’s foremost sommeliers competed in the prestige-filled contest Trophée Ruinart.

It was not until as recently as 1959 that the House made its first prestige champagne which logically enough was a blanc de blancs from the company’s own grand cru vineyards, presented in an old-fashioned, broad-beamed bottle with a narrow neck, practically identical to those used by the monks. The fantastic Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé wines are made in an antioxidative (reductive) style, and their basic wine is the same as that in the cuvée. The red wine additive of about 15% Pinot Noir comes from their own vineyards at Sillery and Verzenay as well as the unknown grand cru village Puisieulx in Montagne de Reims. The thing that makes Dom Ruinart different from for example Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne and other high class multi-cru blanc de blancs, such as Pol Roger, Billecart-Salmon and Roederer Blanc de Blancs, is that apart from its basic wine from grand cru villages in the Côte des Blancs, a fairly high proportion of Chardonnay from Pinot villages has also been included. Of these villages, Sillery with its tough, smoky minerality and well-structured body stands for the lion’s share. This makes Dom Ruinart unique and personal. Apart from this fact, it should be noted that since they have been incorporated into the LVMH group, the same yeast is being used as in Dom Pérignon, which is a logical part of the explanation as to why Dom Ruinart is considered by certain people as being a Dom Pérignon Blanc de Blancs, which is a thing that they are naturally not striving for but that has also been my conclusion in a number of blind tastings. An interesting detail is that the young winemaker Fred Panaiotis comes from Veuve Clicquot where it was prophesied that he would be Jacques Peter’s successor, before the plans were suddenly changed. Veuve Clicquot’s house style is quite different from that represented by Ruinart.

The main difference is that Clicquot’s masculinely powerful style is purposely oxidative. The readjustment for Fred was great and dramatic, but it feels as though he, as one of the most talented winemakers I’ve met, has very quickly found his way style-wise. Fred is incredibly open to impulses, and he learns new things in a flash. I myself tasted quite a lot of Dom Ruinart with him during his first months at the House, and carried on deep analytical discussions based on my great tasting experience, so that he would be able to understand as rapidly as possible what a great, classical Dom Ruinart should be like. This is the kind of thing that only he who wants to be best will do, not leaving anything to chance! Fred is trying to express purity and minerality by blending the most elegant Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs with the more powerful version of the same type of grape from the northern Montagne de Reims. He sees the rosé version as a blanc de blancs rosé that offers a unique and paradoxical complexity through its long storage, a complexity in which the nose is distinctly reminiscent of a great red Burgundy, interwoven with an unbelievably pure and invigorating taste.

For those of you who enjoy elegant champagne with chalky minerality, citrus aroma and stringent acids backed up by a toasted character reminiscent of Charles Heidsieck, Belle Epoque and Dom Pérignon, Dom Ruinart Blanc is going to be a big favourite. For those of you who love the most feminine of the Burgundy red wines such as Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses from Roumier or Griotte-Chambertin from Ponsot, while not having anything against gentle creamy silkiness and a splash of champagne bubbles inflated with minerality, a twenty year old Dom Ruinart Rosé should be a heavenly experience. Champagne Magazine/ Richard Juhlin

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

1m 3d ago

 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  6 wines 

Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 (Magnum) Absolutely stunning nose of great complexity, enticement and elegance which evolved beautifully in the glass.  Still lean and elegant as you would expect from the vintage. Immensely satisfying with plenty of time to go although it is difficult to imagine how it can continue to improve.  For once a Cristal that exceeds expectations!. Impressive.  The bottles tasted were also excellent.  19.5

3m 1d ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

4m 5d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  26 wines 

KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL 1995 / The toasty nose, with a suggestion of oak, is both subtle and layered. The structure is exceptional; the rich fruitiness of the vintage is combined charmingly with the stylish acidity of the Chardonnay. The concentration is perfect and the length of the taste does not leave any room for improvement. The wines of the 1995 vintage can usually be enjoyed at a young age but the rather unattached aroma of oak should be allowed to integrate into the fruitiness of the wine over time.

5m 11d ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  2 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  4 wines 

A real pleasure of tasting oenotheque version of such astounding champagnes like Mumm de Cramant, Dom Ruinart and Henriot from excellent vintages 1964, 1988 and 1995.

5m 17d ago

 Samuel Gates / Wine dealer, Pro (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  25 wines 

At some ten hectares in total area, Lavaux St Jacques is one of the largest and most prolific delineations within the greater Commune of Gevrey Chambertin. Planted to the southerly facing aspects of Combe de Lavaux, the quarter is defined by weathered limestone soils which formed part of a drainage canal into the flood plains at the centre of the Commune. A unique mesoclime of sunnier days for developed esters, followed by cooler night breezes for slower ripening, makes muscular, darkly fruited wines of bucolic savouryness and alluvial minerality.

5m 20d ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  28 wines 

DRC Romanée-Conti 1961, Pétrus 1961, Unico 1961, Krug 1961, Château margaux 1961....etc.

6m 11d ago

 Andreas Larsson / Best Sommelier in the World 2004, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  4 wines 

1924 Margaux – I do associate most younger vintages of Ch. Margaux as fairly light and must admit that i´ve been underwhelmed on numerous occasions. However my great experiences with the really old vintages have been astonishing and this wine offered a beautiful texture, still rich and fruity with a plethora of wild berries and a smooth almost creamy sensation, still very clean without oxidation and a truly long, powerful finish.

6m 25d ago

 Luciano Cesare, Wine Dealer (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Dom Ruinart 1982 / Good looking normal size bottle, in an excellent condition with 2 cm level ullage below the cork. Colour is straw, and looking bright, healthy and medium. On the nose it is intense, fresh, seductive and round. The taste is fresh, rich, fruity, medium-bodied, with balanced, complex, concentrated structure and youthful. The finish is medium long, round, gentle and vibrant. This wine is sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 15min before tasting. Good value for money.

7m 12h ago

 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  118 wines 

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9m 20d ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Paul Bara Special Club 2004 / Goodness gracious, what a surprise I received when I poured my club bottle and the wine was deep pink! I had absolutely no idea that there was such a thing as Special Club Rosé nowadays! One can only offer one's congratulations. The wine is very reminiscent of the non-vintage variety with somewhat greater weight, and refinement rich in mineral. Otherwise it gives the feeling of being just as young and unevolved. The fruitiness is vegetal with tones of beetroot and the beginnings of intense tones of wild bird pâté. When the wine is aired a great Pinot roundness makes its appearance.”

1y 1d ago

 Nora Löfving-Lihtonen, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Ruinart . In a tasting of  49 wines 

“FINE Champagne Experience weekend ended up with the exciting Champagnes of the Decade 2000s blind tasting. Great and challenging experience for champagne lover:) ”

1y 1m ago

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