Ruinart has a long history in Champagne, dating all the way back to 1729. On its website it claims to have been the first ever Champagne producing company, which appears to be technically true. There were other wine producers in Champagne before Ruinart of course, including Gosset, which was founded in 1584 and is still around today, but they made mostly still wine. Ruinart was the first in the region to focus entirely on sparkling wine. Today it’s owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and is best known for today’s wine, the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.
Blanc de blancs means white of whites and refers to a Champagne made entirely from white skinned grapes, specifically Chardonnay. These are usually a little more expensive than your typical Champagne blends, which are a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The most expensive versions can run from several hundred dollars to well over $1000. In that context, the $100 to $150 or so this Ruinart will normally set you back doesn’t seem to bad. Still, the fact that other similar wines are more expensive doesn’t necessarily make this good value, so lets get to the review: