Ruinart lays claim to be the oldest Champagne house (Gosset is older but used to be into still wines for a long time), founded in 1729. It is the legacy of a benedictine monk; Dom Thierry Ruinart, who was a worldly man. He came to know of a “wine with bubbles” which was not yet known as champagne but was growing popular with aristocracy.
He became fairly obsessed with bubbly wines, so much so he would often go back to his family in Champagne and divulge plans to establish production in the area.
Sadly Dom Ruinart died in 1709, but his nephew Nicolas Ruinart took his ideas on board and started the first Champagne House; Maison Ruinart.
The house features a historic set of Cellars – or “Crayéres”, which are cut into the chalk underneath Reims. They are listed as a UNESCO world heritage item – but this has worked against them.
The extensive documentation of the historic cellars allowed the Nazi’s to find every last bottle of Ruinart stock during World War II – so unlike many houses who were able to conceal important stocks behind false walls – Ruinart has no pre-war historic vintages.
Today, we are looking to uncover the flavours and experiences of Ruinart’s Rosé NV. This is a very interesting blend when considering Ruinart’s preference of working with Chardonnay. No surprises then, that as much as 45% chardy makes it into the bottle.
Lets see what excitement lies within…
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$99 a bottle available from Heinneman Duty Free
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (55/45/0) with 9 g/l Dosage and 19% red wine
Aging: Minimum 2 Years
Sipped: May 2017
In the Glass:
Look: Pomegranate pink, with soft orange tints and a good, vigorous bead.
Smell: Tropical fruit aromas and mixed berries such as raspberries, strawberries and cherries.
Taste: Ruinart Rosé is enjoyable with subtle lemon and dry red apples notes, which give way to a sharper ripe cranberry profile with a balanced, non-overpowering peppery and spicy aftertaste – reflective of it’s red wine blend.
Excellent acid balance. A Delicious drop.
Notes: This can be a hard Champagne to find for less than $100, though Duty Free pricing works out well!
Party Potential: Ruinart Rosé is prohibitively expensive for parties, unless you are well heeled. BYO – it’s pricey but if you like a nice rose and absolutely want to bring one – this will serve you well.
As a Gift: Ruinart makes a good gift for your rosé quaffing friend. Make sure they share it with you.
At Home: Save this one for something very special. An intimate birthday or anniversary.
Matching: I really savoured this on its own, but Ruinart says you can match it with red meats (rare to medium rare) such as veal.
Score & Verdict:
A classy Red-Head from a classy family. You’ll be at a bit of a stretch to get this one – it wont leave much change in your pocket when you hang out. Very pleasant company though – does nice things to your tongue.
At $99 I feel it is only decent value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Overseas in Malaysia (Langkawi) with my closest friends
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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