Piet Hein Eek has chosen to tell the origins of MaisonRuinartcreando a crate for Champagne Rosé that evokes the original wooden case, that of 1769, full of the precious bottles of the Maison.
The March 21 1769 the first register of the accounts of the Maison Ruinart brings a novelty among shipments: sending his precious Champagne in Elsinore, Denmark, contained in wooden boxes. This mode of packaging is an absolute innovation, because the effervescent wine of the lands of Champagne at the time was sent for baskets, a protection imperfect, that caused regularly the loss of a certain number of bottles.
Therefore, this was a modus operandi uncommon. Suddenly, even the value of the product affects the way in which ships: the wooden boxes resistant will protect it from the risks of transport, while consolidating the quality of trade relations that bind the Maison champenoise its customers.
The Dutch artist Piet Hein Eek love wood. Not the traditional material of the carpenter, or the solid wood sculptor, but the wood already impregnated with a history, one from which it is a bit 'looked away, forgetting the natural beauty. You in this wood marked by the patina of time that he creates for over twenty years inlays contemporary, In which the past of the material takes on a dreamlike modern. Through its collections of chairs, tables, chairs or drawers, this artist graduated from the prestigious Academy of Eindhoven explores the authenticity of the wood at the same time proposing interpretations unexpected. Tamed by the hand of the artisan, the material is assembled, diverted, to leave its primitive condition and open up a new range of possibilities.
Piet Hein Eek has chosen to tell the origins of the Maison Ruinart. The case that he creates for Champagne Rosé of Maison makes reference to so original wooden case, that of 1769, full of his precious bottles. Here, however, the content is reduced symbolically to four bottles, arranged in staggered rows. The case history seems so to have traveled through time. Its traditional angles are slightly inclined, drawing a lozenge, a rectangular movement, an association of minimalist lines ready to get stuck with the other. This structure is then calculated specifically on the curves of the bottles, which it offers to the eye thanks to a sliding wall.
Combined with each other, overlapping or side by side, these boxes designed by Piet Hein Eek are brought together to create a new object and unique: the "casse-cave" or a "cash-cellar" for Champagne contemporary allure, whose shape lends itself to the imagination of the owner.
This "casse-cave" is made of the same wood recycled Piet Hein Eek uses for the creation of its furniture. Patiently collected by the artist, this essence of pine has been carefully chosen for its dark brown shades of raspberry, spicy red and its shades of pink, that's reminiscent of the colors of Ruinart Rosé. Slightly sanded to ensure the softness to the touch, the material is then covered by a thin layer of lacquer, then hand-assembled in the form of panels and stuck nailed. Signed and numbered individually, each "cash-cellar" of Ruinart Rosé is so unique and handmade in the studios of Piet Hein Eek, Geldrop near Eindhoven.
The Ruinart Rosé reveals his temperament greedy and fruity thanks to the intervention of two complementary grapes and harmoniously balanced: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their assembly creates a soft pink colored robe that veers towards garnet, whose purity is underlined by lively and persistent effervescence. The first nose evokes the freshness of the fruit red, then to cede up to more floral scents, veiled exotic fruit and spicy notes. On the palate the Ruinart Rosé reveals a velvety mouth, then a more full-bodied but firm, where they hatch the echo of red fruit that the wine leaves emerge on the nose, as well as a touch of pink grapefruit dotted peppermint.
Finesse, freshness and brightness will respond with relevance to dishes playing on sweet-savory combinations, such as the combination of a manchego cheese and quince. The delicate fruity aroma is also married to the finest dishes, like the flesh of bream accompanied by a compote of tomato flavored with tonka bean. Finally, its exotic colors will respond with temper the lightness of fresh fruit in her presentation easier, but also to the greediness of a diplomatic lychee scented rose water.