The chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested frome the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all our cuvées.
“R” DE RUINART IS THE EPITOME OF FRESHNESS AND BALANCE WITH GENEROUS PROPOTIONS OF CHARDONNAY (40%), PINOT NOIR (50 to 55%), AND MEUNIER (5 to 10%).
Visually, its radiance is crystalline with a shimmering yellow colour and golden hues. The nose is delicate and fruity displaying dominant aromas of fresh white pear and dry fruits such as hazelnuts and almonds, followed by white flower notes, Viennese pastry and buttered brioche.
The blend is made up of 40% chardonnay, 57% pinot noir, and 3% meunier, 20 to 25% of which are wines reserved from the 2 previous years.
A vibrant, clear yellow colour with golden reflections. Good brilliance with sustained effervescence and a very persistent foam.
At first the nose is delicate, fresh and fruity, filled with white-fleshed fruits (bears, Bosc apples), apricots, as well as hazelnuts and fresh almonds. Several floral and spicy notes add an extra hint of complexity.
The second nose reveals superb olfactory intensity on a more biscuity, brioche-like base.
Frank and direct attack on the palate. A balanced wine, rounded and full-bodied, with an attack scented with ripe fruits (greengages and nectarines). The finish is long, the well-integrated dosage giving way to the characteristic freshness of the chardonnay which makes up most of the blend.
A perfect champagne for apéritifs, whatever the occasion. It may also be served with refined, light starters such as poached oysters and seared scallops, or with a main dish such as sole meunière. It is also excellent with local cheeses with a short ripening time, such as Chaource or a very creamy Langres.