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Chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all our cuvées.
Blend constructed on a base of chardonnay and pinot noir, mostly classified as Premiers Crus with
20 to 25% coming from wines reserved from the 2 previous years.
45% of the chardonnay is from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards
55% of the pinot noir is from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne vineyards, 18 to
19% of which has been made into red wine
The colour is a delicate pomegranate pink with very slightly orange reflections. The sparkling, light
effervescence has a persistent foam.
The nose is subtle and fresh, first offering an original palette of tropical fruits (guava and lychee)
and small berries (raspberries, cherries and wild strawberries) in the first instance. These are
followed by rose and pomegranate notes which complete the complex, intense aromatic profile,
dominated by somewhat undeveloped primary aromas.
On the palate the attack is distinct and full, cradled by a gentle effervescence. The aromas of
freshly picked berries are fully expressed. The balance brings together a delightful freshness and
voluptuous body, expressed by an elegant bracing touch of mint and pink grapefruit.