The First Champagne House
Founded in September 1729, the Ruinart House is one of the longest-existing houses of Champagne. An absolute icon, Ruinart represents French know-how and way of life celebrated in the entire world.
At the beginning, the intuition of a Benedictine monk who was ahead of his time: Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709). At the dawn of the XVIII century, Dom Ruinart – at the time was working on research and observations- became convinced that his “wine of bubbles” that was not yet known as “Champagne” had a bright future. A conviction that he would instill in his brother as well as his nephew.
The success of the house built itself on a revolution (discreetly, but still worth noting). The royal decree of May 25th, 1728 that authorized the transport of sparkling wines in baskets of 50-100 bottles. Before this decree, the bottles – which were destined only for local consumption- were too fragile to travel. In 1729, 20 years after the death of Dom Thierry Ruinart, his nephew Nicolas Ruinart founded the very first Champagne House. 170 bottles were sold in 1730, 3000 in 1731, & 36,000 in 1761. Maison Ruinart experienced an unheard of ascent in sales.
Motivated by the quest for excellence and authenticity, the house proceeded its first expedition of Rose Champagne in 1764. For two centuries, the Ruinart family ran the house with the same energy. Each generation revealed a head of house with specific talents that they used to entirely to better the family. April 12th, 1817 Louis XVIII honoured François Irenee Ruinart. The king also granted him a special coat of arms, which have been on Ruinart labels since.
Chardonnay, the Golden Sun of the “Ruinart taste”
From its early beginnings centuries ago, Maison Ruinart has ensure the excellence of its wines. The unique shape of the bottle is an homage to the historic bottles from the XVIII century.
The grape variety of Chardonnay is the soul of Ruinart House. Most of the grapes come from the Cote des Blancs and Reims mountain, these grapes are always present in its vintages. Chosen for its aromatic freshness, its vivacity, and purity, it is the common thread between all of the blends and vintages. Delicate and fragile, this variety blooms and emits an immeasurable aromatic richness due to the age of the limestone subsoil it grows on. These craters are on the World Heritage of Unesco list, due to their historical importance. On average, non-vintage wines take 3 years to grow unlike those of Dom Ruinart that take 9-10.
Ruinart’s vintages are proof of a certain elegance. The Blanc de Blancs possesses the untouched purity of 100% Chardonnay. The Roses proposes, gourmand expressions with a touch of fruity aromas. Finally, Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rose are prestigious vintages that are the ultimate expression of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.