Both the oldest and first established Champagne House, Ruinart was founded in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart in Reims. This followed an edict of Louis XV, which declared that the ban on transporting wine in bottles would be lifted. Prior to this date, wine could only be distributed in barrels, making distribution nigh impossible. The consumption of wine was therefore confined to the area of production.
Harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, the Chardonnay grape is the golden thread running through the very core of the Ruinart soul. With its fresh aromas, purity, vivacity and luminosity, the Chardonnay is the quintessential essence of all Ruinart Cuvées. The benefits of the Chardonnay grape are also at the root of its main drawback. For, the Chardonnay grape is fragile; excessive and untimely rain; winds too strong; temperatures too cold or warm; all these can adversely affect the vineyard.
Cool, slow maturation in the Crayères (the chalk cellars) allows for the full breadth of the fragile, delicacy of the Chardonnay's aromatic richness. The non-vintage wines are aged for up to 3 years, while the Dom Ruinart requires 9-10 years.
This slow, careful maturation provides the ultimate test of Ruinart's Cellar Master's skill. The requirement to tame the capriciousness of this enchanting grape unlike any other.
Brightness, intensity and elegance: in the combination of these unique traits resides the miracle that is called the "Ruinart Taste": an exclusive personality, truly in a class of its own.
Ruinart has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the Arts. Back in 1895, Andre Ruinart asked Czech artist Alphonse Mucha to design a poster for his champagne. To this day the brand is still closely involved with Contemporary Art and plays a role in numerous international events such as ARCO, the Foire de Bale, the Carre Rive Gauche, London Design, and Miami Art Basel.
At Wheelers we carry an extensive range of Ruinart champagnes – Brut, Blanc de Blanc and Rose, all in a variety of bottle sizes. We also stock Gift Sets, which include a Wine Cooler or sets of Crystal Glasses.
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There is no better way to celebrate your business’ success or that of an employee than with Ruinart Champagne. It could be a promotion, a target exceeded or maybe your company has won a new contract or achieved a milestone. Your chosen bottle of Ruinart engraved with your company logo or personal message is the perfect way to say ‘Well done!’
For a truly personal gift for a special friend, why not have your special message engraved directly on to the champagne bottle or onto a plaque for its presentation box?