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“My favourite champagne house - love the chalk caves”
Review of Celliers Ruinart

Celliers Ruinart
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Private Full-Day Tour of Champagne Region
Ranked #10 of 78 things to do in Reims
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“My favourite champagne house - love the chalk caves”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

We visited 6 champagne houses over 2 days, and Ruinart is my favourite. The highlight for me is the steep climb down to the chalk cellars, the detailed history and information provided by our wine guide (sorry, forgot her name) and the wonderful tour of the cellars. It was amazing to see tool marks left by workmen who worked in the chalk quarry from years ago, and to stand in the middle of one of the large chalk pits, and look up into the blue sky.

Tasting was done in a very comfortable We tasting 2 champagnes, including a Brut 2002.

Visited April 2013
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“Simply the nicest cellars to visit in Reims”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Book well ahead of time, you won't be disappointed. Their Champagne is simply divine, the cellars most interesting. Well worth the money!

Visited September 2012
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Winfield, Illinois
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“Great Champagne Cellar”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

A very good tour of the oldest Champagne house. Warm friendly and well organized, if a bit expensive.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Helen D
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San Francisco, California
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“Like visiting an impressively rich aristocratic friend”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

This is more like being shown around the lovely home of an impressively rich and generous friend than being a tourist. Ok, so it had cost 70 Euro apiece*, but the money had been handled online beforehand and, once you have been warmly greeted and graciously ushered into the comfortable drawing room where the visit starts, you are treated thereafter like a much-valued friend of the family.

The tri-lingual (Italian, French, English) Domenico was our delightful host for our morning's fantasy that we were visiting aristocracy and that, we too, lived like this. The visit is limited to eight, which lends a genteel, collegial house-party atmosphere, aided along by the ever courteous and perfectly mannered Domenico who called us all by our names throughout.

We toured the Roman chalk cellars, walking through wide underground tunnels and stepping into cathedral-high spaces where the Champagne is stored at the perfect, constant temperature. One tall alcove alone sheltered eight million Euros worth of top-of-the-line wine. We were especially tickled to come across boxes labelled for regular customers: a Who's Who of the world's royalty and high society, including Princes Charles and Phillip of the UK.

But the real treat comes with the tasting back in the oil-painting-lined drawing room afterwards where, if it wasn't obvious enough already, you begin to fully appreciate that your guide is no cut-price intern or holiday hire. Domenico is impressively well educated, experienced, and so kind in imparting his knowledge that you are amazed that Ruinart has been able to spare him in order to lend him to you for a couple of hours.

You are offered a choice of tastings. Domenico guides you through them before expertly opening the chosen bottles and then, once everyone has been served, speaks eloquently about each as you sip.

We tried two rosés and two blanc de blancs, one vintage (a 1998 Dom Rosé and a 2002 Dom Ruinart) and one non-vintage of each. We quickly got the surprising burnt toast aroma, but have to admit that the white chocolate and pamplemousse confit eluded us somewhat. But you don't need to get all the subtleties to appreciate that these are really fabulous wines. Clearly Princes Phillip and Charles have great taste.

(*35 Euro gets you one tasting each, the extra 35 gets you another. We felt it was in for a penny, in for a pound - or Euro - and, frankly, as we're not in the habit of quaffing vintage Dom Ruinart back at the ranch we thought we'd seize the moment. There were two of us so we shared four different, glorious Ruinart Champagnes between us. However, it is perfectly acceptable to chose the 35 Euro option as some of our group did.)

Visited February 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“The Classiest Wine Tasting Ever”
Reviewed 12 December 2012

We took the train from Paris to Reims. There is plenty to see. Ruinart is a good hike from the main town center and cathedral. It is worth it. We were treated like royalty. A tour of the 'Caves' was fantastic- many meters below the surface. The actual tasting took place in a large executive-type sitting room. We had the opportunity to try the 'Blanc de Blanc' and the Vintage 1998. These are great wines and there champagne is the most under-rated of all. This boutique champagne winery is just extraordinary.

Visited August 2012
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