The House of Ruinart was founded on September 1, 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. His uncle, a learned Benedictine monk called Dom Thierry Ruinart had incredible insight. He foretold that this new “wine with bubbles”, developed in his native region of Champagne and which the royal courts of Europe adored, was destined for a bright future.
The creation of the House of Ruinart coincided with the dawn of the Enlightenment in France and of the French “art de vivre”. There arose in France a true culture of everything good and beautiful, favoring fine and elegant, light and sophisticated, delicate and rare taste. The cuvées naturally found their place.
Driven by a constant quest for excellence and the absolute, the House selected chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, as the common thread for all its cuvées.
Ruinart's Blanc de Blancs is the perfect expression of Ruinart style. Made using only chardonnay grapes, it is a blend of its best base wines, giving it aromatic richness, freshness and an exceptional purity. Timeless quintessence of the Ruinart taste, this cuvée is the greatest expression of such rare refinement.
The House of Ruinart’s chalk mines are like underground cathedrals of chalk that were first exploited during the Gallo-Roman period. These grandiose cellars were classified as a historical monument in 1931. They were dug by hand – the deepest measuring 38 meters in height beneath the vault – and their numerous tunnels criss-cross over a length of more than eight kilometers. Luminous white, these chalk mines spread over three levels offer a total absence of vibrations and a constant temperature and hygrometry: the ideal conditions for the fermentation and maturation of Ruinart cuvées. Over time, they have been the historic and privileged witnesses of the House’s greatest moments.
The House of Ruinart has long maintained privileged relations with the world of art. In 1896, André Ruinart asked the greatest illustrator of his time, Alfons Mucha, to create an advertisement, the modernity of which caused quite a stir. Its commitment to the art world is today expressed through its participation in the greatest international art fairs, but also and above all through its commissions. Soon to celebrate its 300th anniversary, the House of Ruinart is “inspirational” and is today the muse of numerous famous artists all over the world.
- 6 CUVEES PRODUCED BY RUINART FROM CHARDONNAY
- 8 KILOMETERS OF CHALK MINES
- 8 YEARS OF MATURATION MININUM FOR A DOM RUINART