Few people would consider Belgium as a wine producing country, and certainly not for sparkling wines. But you could be surprised ... and Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus is a big suprise !
The vineyard Domaine des Agaises is located in the town of Estinnes, a few kilometers
east of the city of Binche. Its 18 hectares with more than 180,000 vines,
allows the vineyard of Domaine des Agaises to be known as the largest wine producer in Belgium with a production
reaching more than 100.000 bottles a year.
Although it can’t actually be called champagne (this designation is reserved to sparkling wines from the French Champagne region), Cuvée
Seigneur Ruffus is produced using the méthode traditionnelle, meaning the same process used to produce sparkling wine in Champagne. It is a light, elegant and refreshing sparkling wine.
it's working good ! So good in fact that the production is too low to meet the growing demand and Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus wins year after year gold and silver medals at prestigious European wine competitions.
most important wine of the vineyard is Seigneur Ruffus "Blanc de Blanc" : its is a Belgian sparkling
wine made from 100% Chardonnay. This wine is made in the traditional method with a second fermentation
and aging on lath minimum 12 months. It has a very low dosage of
7g per liter of sugar, which gives it characteristics intermediate between gross
and extra gross.
You can visit the vineyard Domaine
des Agaises during the Open Door Days : Rue E. Lefèbure 18, 7120 Haulchin.
The wines are available at several wine shops
in Brussels, Mig's World Wines (Chaussée de Charleroi 43) and Rob (Boulevard de la Woluwe 28) among others.
End of year: We will have a few bottles for sale on BBB's
web shop. Stay tuned !