Born in 1729, Ruinart is the oldest Champagne House. Before it, there was none. At its source, the intuition of a monk who was ahead of his time...
At the origin, we find this Benedictine monk, intuitive, visionary and hardworking, modest: Dom Thierry Ruinart, contemporary of Louis XIV. On September 1, 1729, in Reims in the heart of Champagne, Nicolas Ruinart wrote the founding act of the House of Ruinart, which became the first champagne house in the world.
The Ruinart champagne house
The history of the great Champagne House
The Ruinart House was founded on September 1, 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. His uncle, a learned Benedictine monk, Dom Thierry Ruinart, had an intuition of genius. He sensed that this new "sparkling wine", developed in his native Champagne region and loved by the European royal courts, had a bright future.
The creation of Ruinart coincided with the birth of the "Age of Enlightenment" in France and the French art of living. A true culture of good and beautiful was born in France, favoring a fine and elegant, light and sophisticated, delicate and rare taste. Ruinart's wines naturally found their place in this culture.
Ruinart has long had a special relationship with the art world. As early as 1896, André Ruinart solicited the greatest illustrator of his time, Alfons Mucha, who produced an advertisement whose modernity caused a sensation. His commitment to art is expressed today through his many artistic collaborations.
Driven by the permanent quest for excellence, the House has chosen Chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, which is the common thread running through all its wines.
The Ruinart Champagnes imprint
A dream of whiteness, purity and absolute. With Ruinart, the song of the monks of Champagne rises to the sky through the whiteness of sacred vaults.
In its clear, limpid bottle, Ruinart illuminates the spirit with a yellow light with green reflections of jasper and emerald. The same light that, in pure silence, radiates from the whiteness of the house's chalk pits - among the most beautiful in the Champagne region - or in the virginal coolness of a winter morning.
Hawthorn, lemon, orange, and sometimes iris. In the glass, Ruinart exalts the radiance of delicate perfumes. Minerality and purity. On the palate, Ruinart's style is dominated by these two traits typical of Chardonnay, the white grape variety that dominates its constitution, and which are born on old white chalk soils. Delicacy. Precision. Simplicity. The fluidity of the sensations makes the Ruinart style recognizable among all.
The wine lover rarely starts his journey in Champagne with Ruinart. Not that Ruinart is an elitist wine, but to appreciate the finesse and depth of its purity, an effort is required, an availability of the senses required, a long work of polishing of the spirit necessary. Ruinart reveals itself as it is: a desire for purity, a demand for the absolute, a contemporary song of meditation and prayer.