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Fred Panaiotis Ruinart WinemakerClaire Dawson, Vintners Cup Winner 2006, explains what makes Ruinart so special….

The oldest Champagne House of all was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, following a Royal decree allowing bottled wines to be transported a year earlier. Before this, wines could only be transported in casks: useless for sparkling wines, which require thick glass bottles and corks. With the lifting of the bottle embargo, the great Champagne adventure – throughout France and beyond – was finally underway.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc with glassWith a distinctive and instantly recognisable bottle design, the Ruinart house style is fresh, with a predominance of Chardonnay in the blend. Its wines are aged for between three and twelve years in the exceptional conditions of Ruinart’s ancient chalk pits or crayères. The constant temperature of 11°C in the crayères results in a very fine and delicate mousse.

For a House with such a grand history, Ruinart retains an impressive contemporary edge, with extensive involvement in the modern art scene.

Ruinart NVRuinart NV
£45.00 £30.00*

A blend of at least 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, of which 25% are reserve wines. Delicate, fresh and fruity with apples and pears on the nose, plus subtle hazelnut and almond notes, this is harmonious, lively, soft, creamy and delicious.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NVRuinart Blanc de Blancs NV
£60.00 £40.00*

Made from 100% Premier Cru Chardonnay blended from different years and  presented in a clear-glass, replica C18th bottle, this is delicate and beautifully balanced. Abundant limes, nectarines, peaches and floral notes lead to a supple, round and harmonious palate.

Ruinart Rosé NVRuinart Rosé NV
£60.00 £40.00*

Made using the l’addition method, typically from 45% Premier Cru Chardonnay and 55% Premier Cru Pinot Noir, it’s a beautiful subtle pink colour, with a fine fruit-driven nose of cherries and redcurrants leading to an intense, well-balanced palate and long finish.

*All prices valid until 30th August 2010 unless otherwise stated