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osé Champagne is one of the �nest
pleasures in life. From its delicate
aromas to its subtle �avours and
sparkling texture, and of course
the striking pink colour, it's a drink
that delights all the senses. No
wonder then that it takes time to craft such a
�ne wine - in the case of Champagne house
Ruinart, it has taken 250 years.
Maison Ruinart is the oldest Champagne
house, founded by Nicolas Ruinart in 1729.
Careful research through the maison's
archives has revealed that it was the �rst ever
house in Champagne to make a rosé cuvée.
Accounts record that on 14 March 1764, the
maison sent out a shipment of 'a basket of
120 bottles, 60 bottles of which were Oeil de
Perdrix'. This term literally translates as 'the
eye of the partridge' and refers to a particular
shade of pale pink with coppery notes. So the
evidence is conclusive: Ruinart shipped its �rst
bottles of rosé Champagne in 1764.
The first rosé
The records show that Ruinart's winemakers
explored various ways of creating the
striking pink of its rosé, before developing
a special blend of red and white wines.
At the beginning of the 19th Century,
François-Irénée Ruinart, grandson of Nicolas,
passed on his winemaking manual detailing
this rosé blend, with instructions that this
special Champagne should only be oered
to the greatest connoisseurs.
Today his legacy lives on as �ne
wine lovers around the world enjoy
the distinctive style of Ruinart Brut
Rosé. The signature blend is made
by cellarmaster Frédéric Panaïotis
using a technique known as
assemblage. In line with Ruinart's signature
house style, it has a high proportion of
Chardonnay (45%) from premiers crus
vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, which gives
the Champagne its sensual elegance and
fresh aroma. Pinot Noir wine made from
RUINART SHIPPED ITS FIRST BOTTLES
OF ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE IN 1764
This summer Ruinart celebrates the 250th anniversary of the �rst known rosé Champagne