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Piet Hein Eek X Ruinart

IMG_5257Champagne of the House of Ruinart (1729) has a very long history. It was even the first champagne to be packaged in wooden cases in the 18th century, which was unusual before. Reason enough for Ruinart to commission designer Piet Hein Eek for the design of the ‘Ruinart Blancs de Blancs’ cases.

Wood is the designer’s core business. Not regular, flawless wood, but old scrapwood with a history. It is that same wood that brought him where he is today; a renowned designer who introduced ¬†furniture made of recycled material over 20 years ago.

Piet Hein Eek’s unique vision on wood is in perfect cohesion with Ruinart’s history, which resulted in a collaboration. According to the authentic design of the bottles -as they looked a few hundred years ago- Eek created a trapeze shaped individual case of pine wood. The wood of each case was carefully selected in washed grey, off white and creamy hues to match the essence of the Blancs de Blancs champagne.

RUINART Blanc de blancs _ Designed by Piet Hein Eek from Benoit MILLOT on Vimeo.

The heart of the champagne is based on Chardonnay, an exquisite grape variety characterized by exuberant freshness and a luminous pale golden colour. This ‘assemblage’ – a composition of refined wines from different years- is elegant and intense. Its complex aroma is perfect for dishes with lobster or desserts of creamy structures and a spicy touch.

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As you can imagine, the lunch in occasion of the launch at Piet Hein Eek’s atelier/showroom/restaurant was paired with a delicious lunch. Check the slider to see the dishes we were served…

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The Piet Hein Eek cases for Ruinart are handcrafted, numbered and limited and therefore only available at selected retailers.

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