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Belgian Bubbles – Domaine des Agaises Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus

By alison - July 12, 2012 (Updated: November 19, 2014)

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series CheeseWeb Drinks (Responsibly).
Domaine des Agaises Cuvee Ruffus - Belgian Sparkling Wine

Domaine des Agaises Cuvee Ruffus – Belgian Sparkling Wine

We write often about the fantastic food we’re lucky to enjoy here in Belgium, but we’ve been neglecting all of the great things there are to drink with our meals. So today we’re beginning a new series called CheeseWeb Drinks (Responsibly). We hope you enjoy it!

When you think of great Belgian beverages of course beer springs to mind, but Belgians are quietly producing some fantastic wines as well. With their Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus, Belgian winemaker, Domaine des Agaises, is producing a bubbly to rival Champagne.

Fans of the bubble will be familiar with Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco, but few people consider Belgium as a wine producing country, and particularly not for sparkling wines. We were just as surprised as anyone when we were first introduced to Cuvée Ruffus two years ago. How good could Belgian bubbles actually be?

Actually, pretty darn good! So good in fact, the 100,000 bottles produced each year continue to sell out and Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus continually wins gold and silver medals at prestigious European wine competitions.

Domaine des Agaises Cuvee Ruffus - Belgian Sparkling Wine

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus and a glass of Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus Rosé

Although it can’t actually be called champagne (only sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France can have that designation), Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus is produced using the méthode traditionnelle, or traditional method; the same process as used to make sparkling wine in Champagne.

The CuvéeRuffus Blanc de Blanc makes up about 90% of Domaine des Agaises production. It is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, with only 7 g/L of sugar, and aged for at least 12 months. It is light, elegant and refreshing and one of our favourite sparkling wines.

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus – CheeseWeb tested, CheeseWeb approved!

Domaine des Agaises has about 14 hectares of vines, primarily Chardonnay, but also Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The pinot grapes are used to produce Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus Rosé.

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus Rosé is slightly sweeter than the white variety and it’s less fizzy. It would be perfect for sipping on a sunny terrace.

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus Rosé

Cuvée Seigneur Ruffus Rosé

The domain also produces a very limited run of  an eau-de-vie called Ratafia de Ruffus which can be served as an apéritif  or a dessert wine as well as a Brut Sauvage. We were fortunate enough to sample to Brut Sauvage at a the recent Domaine open house. It is much fizzier than the regular sparkling white and is tangier on the tongue.

Domaine des Agaises Open Door Days and  Cuvee Ruffus Brut Sauvage

Domaine des Agaises Open Door Days and Cuvee Ruffus Brut Sauvage

If you can’t wait for the next Open Door Days at Domaine des Agaises, the wines are available at several wine shops in Brussels, including Mig’s World Wines. We recommend you stock up for the summer!

Chai des Agaises
Rue E. Lefèbure, 18
7120 Haulchin

Do you have a favourite Belgian wine we should try? Let us know in the comments below and we’d be glad to give it a taste!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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5 comments

  1. Comment by Jesse

    Jesse July 12, 2012 at 10:19

    I’m actually more of a Champagne guy than those hard and strong red wines. The sweet and bubbly of this kind always get me to my party senses.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison July 12, 2012 at 11:15

      These Belgian bubbles are really great for a party!

  2. Comment by Wandergirl

    Wandergirl July 12, 2012 at 18:49

    Interesting! I never would have thought about Belgium and wine together. I hope I’ll get a chance to try some Belgian bubblies!

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