The champagne house based in Reims knights with Gosset
for honor, the oldest in the to be. It was founded in 1729 by the cloth merchant Nicolas Ruinart (1697-1769), who sold his customers not only cloth but also wine from his vineyard. His uncle was the monk Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709), who visited the famous Hautvillers abbey, Dom Pierre there Pérignon
(1638-1715) and his wine-making techniques and also died and was buried here. Inspired by his prominent uncle, Nicolas Ruinart dedicated himself to the wine technology of the Benedictine monks. He was supported by his son Claude Ruinart (1731-1798) and the company name extended to Ruinart Père et Fils. After the father's death, Claude relocated the company from Epernay to Reims and expanded the trade in champagne.
His son Irénée Ruinart (1770-1850), who followed him, built up a prominent customer base, including the French Kiaser Napoleon
(1769-1821) and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
(1754-1838). The first wife of Napoleon Joséphine Beauharnais (1763-1814) loved champagne from this house. After the divorce, she refused to pay the bills from the time as empress. The next two generations of families, Edmond and Edgar, expanded trade relations in the United States and Russia. At the beginning of the 19th century, the famous cellar master Anton Müller married the champagne house Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin
a ruinart and founded the no longer existing champagne house Müller-Ruinart.
Robert from Stuttgart Schlumberger
(1814-1879), who later produced the first sparkling wine using the champagne method in what was then Austria-Hungary, learned this art from Ruinart in the mid-19th century. Until 1963, the management of Ruinart remained entirely in the hands of the founding family. Thereupon it became from the famous house Moët et Chandon
taken over and later part of the group LVMH
, The company's own vineyards cover 20 hectares. The vintage "R de Ruinart" consists of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir and matures on the lees for four years. The vintage champagne “Rosé” contains 20% still wine Bouzy Rouge in addition to Chardonnay. The Cuvée de Prestige
is named after the founding uncle "Dom Ruinart" and is considered one of the best Blanc de blancs in Champagne. Around 1.7 million bottles of champagne are produced annually. In 1997 the Ruinart house organized a professional competition for sommeliers
initiated, which now takes place annually in numerous countries. The best young sommeliers are selected and honored with the “Trophée Ruinart”.