The world’s first champagne house has been a symbol of French art de vivre since it was founded in 1729. For nearly 300 years, Maison Ruinart has passed down time-honored savoir-faire through generations, supporting local craftsmanship and showcasing artistic talent while remaining firmly committed to continuous innovation. Engaged with the major challenges of its time, Ruinart is deeply committed to protecting the environment.
Creation date: 1729
CEO: Frédéric Dufour
Head office: 4, rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims - France
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.
Since its founding in 1729, the world’s first champagne house has crafted its exceptional wines by nurturing the roots of the terroir and ancestral savoir-faire. As Ruinart prepares for its fourth century, the Maison is deepening its commitment to preserving the soils that are a source of life, and to passing on time-honored savoir-faire and culture.
Sustainable development is not only imperative, for Maison Ruinart it is a source of innovation and creative inspiration.
Ruinart has taken sustainable packaging to a new level with a pioneering eco-design for 100% paper packaging that is fully recyclable and molded to fit the emblematic curves of the bottle.
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