Champagne & Sparkling


  • Back in 1729, when Nicolas Ruinart laid the foundations of the very first Champagne House, he was in fact realizing the ambition of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart. A Benedictine monk, Dom Ruinart was one of the most brilliant minds of his time, and was invited to Versailles, where he noted the Royal Court’s enthusiasm for wines from Champagne. A visionary and enlightened pioneering spirit, he intuitively foresaw the fame and commercial success Champagne would enjoy in the future and shared his insight with his family, which was based in the Champagne region. Nicolas Ruinart, Dom Ruinart’s nephew, an ambitious entrepreneur, finally launched Ruinart into the great adventure of champagne trading. Starting with the 1959 vintage, the House of Ruinart paid tribute to his legendary ancestor by creating a prestige vintage, the Cuvée Dom Ruinart, the ultimate expression of the Chardonnay grape in Champagne.

    The descendents of Nicolas shared his pioneering spirit and the house was the first to use the Gallo Roman chalk galleries to age its wines, and opened to the American market as soon as 1831. Since then, Ruinart has continued to develop its reputation as the sophisticated Champagne for the in-the-know wine lovers.

    Chardonnay is the very essence of the Ruinart taste. Grown primarily in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, this exceptional grape lends all its purity, luminosity and elegance to the Ruinart Champagnes.

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  • "In the name of God and the Holy Virgin, shall this book be opened..." With these words, written by Nicolas Ruinart in September 1st, 1729, the House of Ruinart - the first Champagne house - was officially established. A true entrepreneur, Nicolas Ruinart fulfilled the ambition of his uncle, the Benedictine monk Dom Thierry Ruinart, to make Ruinart the premier Champagne House.

    Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709), a Benedictine Monk in the 17th century (who is buried in the same church as Dom Pérignon), was one of the most brilliant minds of his day and a respected theologian. He was the first to predict the importance of Champagne production. On his travels through Europe, he noticed a growing enthusiasm for Champagne in the aristocratic circles of the Royal Courts. His family was a high society Champagne family that was trading wool at the time. Based on his travels and observations Ruinart encouraged his nephew Nicolas to pursue a career in Champagne, but it took a royal decree for the vision to become a reality.

    This success of the House of Ruinart was founded on a discreet yet consequential revolution. The Royal Decree of May 25, 1728 whereby 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 Royal ruling of 1728 opened the gates of Europe to this spirited wine.

    The First Rosé in Champagne
    A recent finding of historical records document Ruinart, the first established Champagne House, founded in 1729, has been shipping rosé champagne since 1764. The House’s account book is the proof that on March 14th, 1764 a shipment of 60 bottles of Ruinart Champagne noted as ‘Oeil de Perdrix’ or ‘eye of the partridge,’ (a French term referring to the pale pink-copper color of a recently-shot bird's eye) indicated the shipment of the very first Rosé Champagne. Ruinart’s cellar-master concludes the first Ruinart Rosé was most likely to have been achieved through maceration (skin contact), whereas today, Ruinart Rosé is achieved through blending.

    Arrival in the United States
    Through the centuries, those at the helm of the House of Ruinart have always shared a singular, pioneering spirit. In 1831, the great grandson of the founder, Edmond Ruinart, opened the doors to the American market. After a 38-day passage across the Atlantic Ocean, he personally introduced Ruinart to President Andrew Jackson and the rest of the United States.

    Over the decades, Ruinart’s fundamental values of authenticity, quality, refinement and openness have fortified its distinctive culture and art, and established its worldwide reputation as a true aesthete in its approach to champagne. Ruinart is a resounding success made possible by the perceptiveness of its initiator, Dom Ruinart, to whom the House paid a tribute in 1959 by creating the historic, prestigious Dom Ruinart vintage.

    A pioneer in the champagne trade, the House has also stood out due to its unique know-how. The cellar master oversees the development of the wine with an expert hand, from the selection of the grapes to the way the bottles are labeled and packaged. Through carefully selected grapes and wines fermented separately then skillfully blended, Ruinart excels in the art of transforming still wine into exceptional Champagne.

    Ruinart key dates
    1729: First established Champagne House
    1764: First producer of rosé
    1831: Arrival in the USA, the first consumer being the White House
    1959: Creation of Dom Ruinart vintage

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  • Like an uncut diamond, the Chardonnay grape lends sparkle to the Ruinart wines. The Ruinart House excels in the art of handling this very special grape variety with its renowned vivacity. Chardonnay, the dominant grape variety used in all Ruinart cuvées, is the very essence of the Ruinart taste and is the foundation of the Ruinart style. Grown in the Côte des Blancs and the Montage de Reims vineyards, the grape lends its inherent finesse, elegance and purity to every Ruinart wine. These Chardonnay-based blends are subtle and vibrant when young, and develop aromatic complexity over time.

    This is a bold step on the part of the Ruinart House, since developing Chardonnay-based blends can be a risky business. Chardonnay gives the Ruinart cuvées an exceptional taste indeed, but it requires a unique know-how specific to the House. In fact, the fragility of this grape variety, which is quite difficult to make into wine, and the length of aging required to produce its exceptional body and finesse, once again requires the expertise of the cellar master to reveal the magic of the Ruinart taste. A refined, distinguished taste with clean, light, and pure aromas.

    Over time, the exceptional qualities of the Chardonnay grape continue to work inside the Ruinart bottles. This grape variety makes blends, which when consumed young, are both subtle and vibrant and which develop their aromatic complexity over time.

    At Ruinart, our non-vintage cuvées, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Ruinart Rosé, age for at least 3 years, which is more than twice the legal time to make Champagne (15 months is the minimum time required). A Dom Ruinart vintage-dated Champagne will age at least 10 years in the cellar.

    The remarkable qualities of the Chardonnay grape has given rise to what is commonly called "Goût Ruinart" (that is a unique Champagne defined by elegance and finesse), an inimitable, universally recognized taste.

    “A taste with the scent of excellence that has earned Ruinart its position as the aesthete of Champagne, offering sensual pleasure and absolute refinement.”

    "Ruinart, an initiation into the world of aesthetics"
    Ruinart's art is to sublimate the raw material and turn it into the finest work of art: exceptional Champagne. Ruinart awakens the sensibilities of Champagne lovers and initiates alike, and reveals to all the expression of Champagne to its finest, most accomplished and perfected form. Ruinart Champagne takes you into a world of sophistication and distinction, in which timeless elegance rubes with the most modern examples of creative daring.

    The word 'aesthete' sums up perfectly the spirit of the purity, luminosity and perfection of Ruinart Champagnes, the fundamental characteristics that makes the Ruinart signature. A signature that Ruinart puts in all its wines, all of which comes into the characteristic Ruinart bottle, shaped after the 18th century bottle.

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  • Ruinart was the first house to acquire its crayères (chalk caves) for aging its wines. The depth of the pits and the chalk from which they are formed provide the perfect environment for Champagne with temperature stability and optimal humidity. The constant low temperature (approx. 52F) leads to a slow prise de mousse (the formation of effervescence), resulting in millions of tiny bubbles of incomparable finesse and quality. (It is estimated that there are almost 50 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne!)

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  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs
    Ruinart Blanc de Blancs embodies purity of the Chardonnay grapes from which it is made exclusively. Made primarily with Premiers Crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, it is intensely aromatic.

    The nose is powerfully reminiscent of fresh fruits with dominant notes of citrus and exotic fruits, followed by a touch of jasmine, white peaches and pink peppercorns.
    The palate is both precise and clean as the wine delivers a radiant balance between roundness and smoothness.
    Ruinart Blanc de Blancs is the emblem of the Ruinart Taste.

    Ruinart Rosé
    Intense, fruity and aromatic, Ruinart Rosé owes its sensual elegance to the marriage of Chardonnay (45%), mainly from the Chardonnay Premiers Crus of the Côte des Blancs, and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne, made into red wine.

    The nose is fresh and subtle, ripe with cherry and freshly picked red berries, followed by a splash of flowers and spicy notes
    On the palate, the wine is silky and delicately fleshy.
    Ruinart Rosé is the gourmet expression of the Ruinart Taste.

    Dom Ruinart
    Dom Ruinart, the visionary spirit of the oldest Champagne House, was the inspiration for this exceptional cuvée. It is a rare expression from the most noble of Chardonnay, a magical experience, and a genuine feast for the senses. Dom Ruinart is always a vintage, blended exclusively from Grands Crus Chardonnays grown in the vineyards of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.

    Dom Ruinart 2002 reveals a vibrant, clear yellow colour enhanced with highlights of green almond.

    The mousse is fine and elegant.
    The youth of the wine is evident on the nose with aromas of white flowers (linden blossom), fresh yellow plums, nashi pears and bergamot citrus character. Allowing it to breathe reveals a rich base, with notes of biscuits and coconut followed by hazelnuts. The intensity is highlighted by a mineral, minty freshness.
    On the palate the freshness of citrus and tropical fruit culminates with superb mineral quality and a touch of gun-flint. The result is a focused purity and exceptional length supported by subtle effervescence and beautifully integrated vibrant acidity.

    Dom Ruinart 2002 is a tribute to the Ruinart Taste.

    Dom Ruinart Rosé
    Dom Ruinart Rosé is a unique wine in the Rosé Champagne category. It is always a vintage, made out of Grands Crus grapes only, with an unexpected proportion of Chardonnay. Dom Ruinart Rosé 1996 is a blend of 84% Grands Crus Chardonnays and 16% Grands Crus Pinot Noirs, from Verzenay and Verzy.

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