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The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. The very first established Champagne House, founded on September 1, 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart. Nicolas started in the linen trade, and it became his custom to present his customers with Champagne as a token of goodwill, but it was so well appreciated that eventually the trade in linen was replace by Champagne.
His uncle, a learned Benedictine monk called Dom Thierry Ruinart who was a friend and confidant of Dom Pérignon 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". A culture of everything good and beautiful, began to emerge in France with people favouring fine and elegant, light and sophisticated, delicate and rare tastes. The Runiart cuvées naturally found their place. Then with the Royal Decree of May 25, 1728 the gates of Europe were also opened up to Champagne. Louis XV gave his consent for sparkling wines to be shipped in baskets containing 50 to 100 bottles. Prior to this decree, lack of investment in glass bottles made it so that they were too fragile to be shipped outside of the Champagne region.
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 kilometres.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. When the firms buildings were destroyed during the Battle of the Marne, André Ruinart literally went underground conducting the firm's affairs from one of the crayères. When further shelling flooded his cellars, he simply lashed the office furniture to a wooden platform and it was business as usual from a raft floating in a massive gallery 80 feet below ground.
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.
Driven by a constant quest for excellence, the House selected Chardonnay, a rare and fragile grape variety, as the common thread for all its cuvées. The wines are exquisite and of exceptional quality but very much a name that is known mainly to the trade and less to the consumer who is missing something special!