150cl * Vegan * 12.5% ABV * Champagne, France
Ruinart is a relatively under-the-radar house in the UK, but has a long and illustrious history. At the age of 23, Dom. Thierry Ruinart travelled from Champagne to study near Paris, where he was exposed to city life and the young aristocrats' fondness for a new 'wine with bubbles' (not yet known in Champagne). He convinced his family that Champagne had a promising future for a similar style of wine and in 1729 his brother and nephew founded Maison Ruinart, the very first Champagne house.
Instantly recognisable from its distinctive clear glass bottle based on the original 18th century design, Ruinart's Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from Chardonnay. Warm and fruity, with notes of apricot, peach and white flowers, this is a suave and sophisticated Champagne. Smooth and creamy, drinking well now. A great aperitif or with canapes, such as blinis with caviar.