The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. It was the first established Champagne House in 1729 and inspired by the intuition of a monk well ahead of his time… Dom Thierry Ruinart was a very intuitive, visionary and hardworking Benedictine monk who lived from 1657-1709. At the age of... Lees verder
RuinartThe House of Ruinart is unlike any other. It was the first established Champagne House in 1729 and inspired by the intuition of a monk well ahead of his time…
Dom Thierry Ruinart was a very intuitive, visionary and hardworking Benedictine monk who lived from 1657-1709. At the age of 23 he left his home in Champagne to go to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the most influential centers of learning near Paris. While there, he was exposed to the city where he gained an awareness of a more worldly life and he learned of a new “wine with bubbles,” not yet known as champagne, which was already popular among young aristocrats.
Dom Ruinart had a taste for the contemporary and his inquiring mind went hand in hand with a keen business sense. Throughout his life, he would visit his brother and home in Champagne and these diverse observations instilled in him the conviction that "wine with bubbles" produced from the vines of his native soil – also known as “vin de mousse” or sparkling wine – had a promising future. He passed on this conviction to his brother and his nephew.
In 1729, twenty years after the death of Dom Ruinart, Nicolas Ruinart, Dom Ruinart's nephew, founded the first Champagne House, Maison Ruinart, and forever ingrained his uncle's name and the house in the history books.
A Royal Decree on the shipping of bottles
This success of the House of Ruinart was also founded on a consequential revolution. In May 25, 1728 Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles, before this period the bottles were too fragile to be shipped outside of the Champagne region. The Royal ruling of 1728 opened the gates of Europe to this spirited wine. Nicolas Ruinart, started his first account ledger devoted to "wine with bubbles" on September 1st, 1729.
The first bottles of “wine with bubbles” produced were intended as gifts for Nicolas Ruinart’s clients who purchased cloth and fabric. However, Nicolas was a sophisticated businessman and he had adopted his uncle’s pioneering vision and ambition for “wine with bubbles,” and just six years after the initial bottles were produced he found success. In 1735, Maison Ruinart abandoned the cloth trade to concentrate on the burgeoning champagne trade. This became Nicholas's sole occupation and growth was exponential with 170 bottles sold in 1730, 3,000 bottles in 1731, 36,000 in 1761, and onwards.
The Ruinart family has run the House steadfastly for over two centuries. Each generation has produced a Head of House with singular talents devoted to upholding the family tradition started by Dom Ruinart, its Inspiration, and his nephew, Nicolas, its founder. Since its foundation in 1729, the first established House of Champagne has taken pride in the excellence of its cuvées. The unique shape of its bottle is a tribute to the historic bottles of the eighteenth century.
The Ruinart taste: Chardonnay. The chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all their cuvées. With its fresh aromas, vivacity, purity and luminosity, the chardonnay is the essence of all the cuvées. The delicate, fragile chardonnay will only display the full breadth of its aromatic richness after a slow maturation in the coolness of the Crayères (magnificent chalk cellars): up to 3 years for non-vintage wines, and 9 to 10 years for a Dom Ruinart.