"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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