Ruinart

Ruinart
Ruinart

Ruinart

First champagne House, Ruinart is the symbol of a savoir-faire and an "art de vivre" that are famed all over the world. Each of its cuvées bears the distinctive signature of chardonnay, the House's emblematic grape variety.

Creation date: 1729
CEO: Frédéric Dufour
Head office: 4, rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims - France
Website: www.ruinart.com

Identity

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.

 

The coat of arms of the Ruinart de Brimont family, ennobled during the reign of Louis XVI © mhbiz

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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 iconic bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, 100% chardonnay © Marcus Gaab

Insights

Frédéric Dufour, président de la Maison Ruinart
Frédéric Dufour, President & CEO of the House of Ruinart © Ruinart

The House of Ruinart laid the first foundation stone of the history of champagne. Elegance, refinement, purity, light and its emblematic grape variety of chardonnay form its DNA and make it a true timeless and modern icon. It draws the power of its creations from three centuries of history. The balance between its origins and its bold promises is the key to its success and makes it a House that is perpetually contemporary.

Architecture

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.

A major site in Champagne due to their majesty, grandeur and scale, the chalk mines are spread over 8 km and 3 levels © mhbiz

Outlook

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.

Key figures

  • 6 CUVEES PRODUCED BY RUINART FROM CHARDONNAY
  • 8 KILOMETERS OF CHALK MINES
  • 8 YEARS OF MATURATION MININUM FOR A DOM RUINART