The Ruinart story begins back in the 17th Century, around the same time that a certain monk called Don Perignon started making waves with his experimentation in wine processing at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers. He had a friend who happened to be the Uncle of a young man called Nicholas Ruinart who also had an interest in producing wine. We don’t know how much information he managed to glean but by 1729 he had set up his own establishment in Reims. His Gallo -Roman chalk cellars are now an historical monument to which every two years the best waiters in Europe descend. They fight it out, but not literally for the “Trohee Ruinart” which I am told has quite expensive prizes. Ruinart produce 1.7 million bottles per annum, which sounds a lot, but is in fact quite a small amount compared to other big names. Unlike many of their competitors who base their champagne on Pinot Noir, they are more in favour of chardonnay as their number one grape, which gives this fine Champagne elegance, freshness and acidity. The Nicholas bass 50th Anniversary package is something akin to a Salvador Dali concept, with melting wine buckets, glasses and bottles. The box has a molten metal feel designed by martin Baas the award winning Dutch designer. You can even purchase a Limited Edition of 50 melted Ice buckets. However with the Champaign you do get two bespoke fluted glasses.