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Ruinart

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Choosing Ruinart means choosing the excellence of one of the oldest Champagne houses. The house's classics are brut champagnes, where chardonnay plays a major role in the blends. The Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé vintage champagnes are the house's prestigious cuvées, but the R de Ruinart cuvées and the famous Blanc de Blanc are aimed at the top end of the market at more moderate prices. Delicately fruity and always well-balanced, the pure aromas of these cuvées always satisfy connoisseurs of great vintages, while remaining easy to match with a wide gastronomic palette. Find out more
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The winemaker

Ruinart is the first Champagne house


Founded in 1729, Maison Ruinart is the oldest Champagne House. Nicolas Ruinart, the nephew of the monk Dom Ruinart in Épernay, was its creator. At the time, Dom Ruinart was a cloth merchant. But he soon realized how important champagne could be. So he passed on his knowledge of the trade and wine to his nephew. It wasn't until a royal decree in 1728 that he was granted the right to market the wine in bottles and not just in barrels. As champagne could only be transported in bottles, this was a liberation for the Ruinart family, who were now able to export their champagne.

In order to make a name for himself, Nicolas Ruinart offered his first bottles to his customers in the cloth market. In 1735, he abandoned the cloth trade to devote himself entirely to champagne. The House acquired ancient crayères dug in the city of Reims to store its bottles. Today, they can be visited.

Today, Maison Ruinart belongs to the LVMH group, which further supports the reference to luxury and the exceptional when the name Ruinart is evoked.

The Ruinart Vineyard


The Vignoble de la Maison Ruinart covers 1,600 hectares around Reims. It benefits from a climate split between oceanic and continental. As a result, the vines grow under cold, marked winters and temperate, rarely very hot summers. The seasons in between see a succession of rain, hail, fine weather and average temperatures. The region's soils are diverse: clay, marl, chalk, sand and limestone. This makes for wines of character.

The signature of Maison Ruinart remains the Chardonnay grape variety, from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims to which Pinot Noir and Meunier Noir are blended. Maison Ruinart offers champagnes Bruts, Blanc de Blancs and Rosés. These are champagnes distinguished by their elegance and freshness. The Ruinart brand has always emphasized respect for the environment and biodiversity. This is why it is committed to sustainable viticulture via energy-efficient production processes.

Between tradition and modernity, Maison Ruinart has evolved with the times to produce ever more exceptional champagnes.

Chardonnay is the king grape variety at Maison Ruinart


The Chardonnay Blanc is Ruinart's most widely used grape variety. It brings elegance and freshness. Its small yellow berries develop ideally on the chalk soils of the Montagne de Reims. Chardonnay offers aromas of hazelnut, citrus and hints of anise.

The Meunier Noir is a juicy grape variety that gives champagne roundness and power. It is distinguished by aromas of red fruits.It is a grape variety with character that likes clay soils.

champagne power and body. It's a high-quality grape variety that requires patience and care to be properly produced. It gives champagnes more intensity and is distinguished by red fruit aromas.

The Ruinart house sometimes buys its vines from neighboring winemakers to create perfectly blended champagnes.

Ruininart's inimitable savoir-faire


Winegrowing at Ruinart is an art of manual labor and patience. The very essence of Ruinart style comes from precise, time-honored gestures. The method of vinification used is that of the champenoise type. The juices are extracted progressively and gently. The raisins are vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to preserve aromas. Two fermentations follow, giving the champagnes their suppleness.

The Cellar Master at Maison Ruinart is Frédéric Panaiotis, who manages the blends to create balanced, harmonious champagnes.Beyond precise, meticulous know-how, which requires expertise and patience, it's a genuine passion for the vine that drives all the House's craftsmen.

The grand crus of the Maison Ruinart

R de Ruinart Brut

This is a particularly brilliant champagne. Its limpid golden color reveals fine, very lively bubbles. On the nose, it's a fresh, fruity wine, with accents of pear and dried fruit. On the palate, it feels balanced and round with ripe fruit aromas.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

This is a champagne 100% Chardonnay with a luminous golden color. On the nose, there are notes of flowers and then citrus. On the palate, it's supple and round, revealing aromas of brioche and honey. It's ideal for your aperitifs.

Ruinart Brut Rosé

It's made from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. This is a fruity cuvée that offers a champagne full of finesse. Its color is an elegant petal pink. On the nose, aromas of red fruit and jam. On the palate, it is distinguished by a clean attack.

Dom Ruinart

This is a champagne of excellence, characterized by its finesse. To the eye, its color is golden and its bubbles fine and active. One senses a certain femininity in its style. On the nose, mineral and smoky notes stand out, followed by citrus, plum and acacia aromas. On the palate, this is a powerful, voluptuous champagne in which we find citrus aromas.

Don't hesitate to take the time to taste Ruinart champagnes with full awareness to discover their intense tastes and such generous palates.
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