Among the seven grape varieties authorised under the rules protecting champagne production, the Chardonnay grape stands out for its sheer complexity. Its elegance and aromatic freshness make it the emblematic grape variety of Maison Ruinart.
Chardonnay’s aromatic freshness makes it the golden thread that runs through the Ruinart Taste. This emblematic grape variety's freshness is the essence of every Ruinart cuvée.
This noble grape variety is harvested mainly from the terroirs of Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, whose soils contain a high chalk content, offering ideal conditions for the vines to flourish.
With its subtle refinement, Chardonnay is a grape variety that forms part of all Ruinart cuvées. This process has led to only twenty-three vintages being produced since the first Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs vintage appeared in 1959.
For Ruinart, respect for the environment and the safeguarding of biodiversity are top priorities.
Its commitment to sustainable vine growing is reflected in each of the different phases in the creation of its cuvées.
Respect for the land and the vineyards and responsible energy consumption at the production sites are at the heart of Maison Ruinart’s commitment.
Each grape harvest has a unique character fashioned by the terroir, its soils and sub-soils and the climatic conditions of each year, as the berries ripen and their specific aromas are released.
When the grapes have reached their full aromatic potential and first begin to reveal the essential character of the Ruinart Taste, the time for harvesting has come.
Bathed in the mellow orange hues of the autumn, the vines then become hives of activity from dawn to dusk, as the teams of grape-pickers cut and select the grapes. The hand of man thus continues the work of nature.