« R » de Ruinart 2011, freshness and elegant complexity

Oct 23, 2020 • 1 min
Team Grappers

2011 was an unusual year in Champagne. "Unpredictable and paradoxical" according to Frédéric Panaïotis, Ruinart's cellar master. This is the foundation on which the new "R" de Ruinart 2011 vintage has been built. This has created an unconventional cuvée that boasts a surprisingly fine structure and a refined balance with floral and toasted notes.

The vintage champagnes are the fruit of the best harvests, and 2011 is one of them.

Made from a blend of 51% Chardonnay, Ruinart's emblematic grape variety, and 49% Pinot Noir, all from the grands and premiers crus in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, this cuvée is the expression of the elegant complexity of the Ruinart style.

Tucked away deep in the heart of the House's crayères (chalk pits), these bottles slowly bloomed over 7 long years, gaining the aromatic complexity that typifies a great wine. A few more years in the cellar will allow the champagne to develop greater complexity and intensity, thereby delighting lovers of fully matured Champagne.

"R" of Ruinart 2011 with the senses: sight, smell and taste

This new intricately-woven vintage champagne can be enjoyed as an aperitif. It reveals a pale golden hue, a first nose with notes of lime blossom, green tea, infused verbena, interwoven with hints of thyme and rosemary, and a second nose suggestive of white peaches and pears. Notes of wet rock complete this fresh aromatic bouquet, which is an absolute delight.

What can you serve with this "R" de Ruinart 2011?

This champagne is perfect with starters such as crab, avocado, Granny Smith apple and coriander seeds, or a carpaccio of sea scallops with bergamot and star anise oil.


R de Ruinart 2011
Useful informations:
Dosage: 5.5 g/L
Blend: 51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir from Grands and Premiers Crus
7 long years in the cellars
Recommended price: 70 €.