Anyone who knows me or who has read this blog knows I love bubbles. I just wish I could find more that were well made and affordable! Well, as luck had it, I stumbled on a small Champagne house that had never been imported, that made great wines, that wouldn’t break the bank, and that was certified Organic (since 1971 to boot!). And so we have a new bubbly, Champagne Yves Ruffin.
Champagne Yves Ruffin is a tiny producer located to the northeast of Epernay, in a small town called Avenay Val d’Or, part of the Marne Valley. Their tiny holdings (2.72 hectares, or 6.72 acres) are planted 40% to Pinot Noir and 60% to Chardonnay, without any Pinot Meunier. The house has always wanted to emphasize delicacy and felt the Meunier grape was too masculine to achieve this goal.
The densely-planted vines (7500 vines/hectare, or 1.1m x 1.1m plantings) have been certified Organic since 1971, one of the oldest domaines to do so. In addition, all their holdings are rated Premier Cru. Everything is done by hand, from the harvesting to the winemaking. Grapes are pressed using a traditional vertical Coquard press, and fermentation takes place in old acacia and oak barrels. At bottling, the wine is unfined and slightly filtered.
The house is currently run by Sylvie Ruffin, widow to Thierry, who passed in 2008. With the help of friends and family, she has kept traditions alive and maintained the quality of the domaine’s wines.
Champagne Yves Ruffin Brut, a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, is a gorgeously expressive wine, with the minimum amount of dosage legally allowed (6 grams), leading to a mineral-driven but perfumy bubbly that fills the mouth with elegance and ends with a long finish. This is from the 2010 and 2011 vintages and shows their quality.
Champagne Yves Ruffin Extra-Brut is 20% Pinot Noir and 80% Chardonnay, has a slight dosage of 2 grams, and is a blend of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. Light yet crisp and with a beautiful mouthfeel, it’s a gorgeous bottle of bubbly.
These wines have just landed (late October) and are now hitting the market and we couldn’t be more excited! To see more pics, please visit their album on our Facebook page HERE.