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Ruinart afternoon tea at Miller Harris

Champagne house, Ruinart has teamed up with perfumer Lyn Harris to offer afternoon tea for the month of October in the heart of London's Mayfair. The tea includes a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, a pot of fragrant Miller Harris blended Bergamot tea and a selection of peach friands and lemon meringue cupcakes the Primrose Bakery, all designed to accentuate the notes and flavours of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs has a luminous, pale golden colour. The first olfactory impression is of fresh fruit with a dominant citrus note, followed by flowers and white fruit. Drawing on her olfactory expertise that has established her as one of the most reputable ‘noses’ in the country, Lyn Harris has selected the perfect accompaniments to complement this prestigious champagne.

The Ruinart and Miller Harris partnership was cemented when Lyn Harris visited the Ruinart cellars in Reims. Having always been an avid fan of Ruinart Lyn met with Fred Panaiotis, head wine maker, for a tasting. It was at this meeting that they both discovered the intrinsic links between their two worlds. The olfactory expertise needed to blend and forecast a wine exactly mirrors the skills and knowledge required to create a fragrance.

I was deeply inspired by what I experienced at Ruinart as there are so many parallels between winemaking and perfumery. After years of training to become a perfumer, it’s second nature for me to analyse and dissect complex smells and aromas.

Choosing flavours to compliment and accentuate the notes in the Blanc de Blancs was a fascinating process. I was inspired by how many layers the champagne revealed, both on the nose and the palate. Selecting tea and cakes to accompany this beautiful champagne was a feast for all the senses.

To further enhance the sensorial discovery of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Lyn has selected an assortment of cakes including peach friands and lemon meringue cupcakes, each chosen to showcase the prominent white peach and citrus notes that permeate a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

The Ruinart afternoon tea will be held in the Tea Room at the Miller Harris flagship store on Bruton Street and will run from October 1 – 30, 15.00 – 17.30pm Monday to Friday, £19 per person.

1 September 2009 - Felicity Murray