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The History of Dom Ruinart Wines

Dom Ruinart wines have a rich and storied history that dates back to the late 17th century. The man behind this esteemed champagne-producing company was Dom Thierry Ruinart, a Benedictine monk who lived from 1657 to 1709. Known for his intuition, vision, and modesty, Dom Thierry Ruinart was a contemporary of Louis XIV, and his impact on the world of champagne would be profound.

A Journey of Knowledge and Inspiration

At the age of 23, Dom Thierry Ruinart left his home in Champagne and made his way to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés near Paris. This renowned institution was a hub of learning and culture, and it was here that Dom Ruinart's intellectual and historical prowess flourished. He became a brilliant theologian and historian, immersing himself in the knowledge and wisdom of the time.

During his stay in the city, Dom Ruinart became acquainted with the vibrant courtly life of Paris. It was here that he first encountered a remarkable beverage—a wine with bubbles. Though not yet known as champagne, this effervescent elixir was gaining popularity among young aristocrats. Dom Ruinart's exposure to this new sensation would shape his future and set the stage for the birth of Maison Ruinart.

The Birth of a Champagne Legacy

On September 1st, 1729, in the heart of the Champagne region, Nicolas Ruinart, a descendant of Dom Thierry Ruinart, established Maison Ruinart. This historic moment marked the creation of the world's first-ever champagne-producing company. The founding charter drafted by Nicolas Ruinart laid the groundwork for an enterprise that would endure and thrive for centuries to come.

Guided by the vision of his monk uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart, Nicolas embarked on a journey that would make history. The intuition and inspiration passed down from generation to generation within the Ruinart family led to the establishment of a champagne house that continues to flourish nearly three hundred years later.

A Legacy of Excellence and Innovation

In the mid-18th century, Ruinart made a significant acquisition to support its champagne production. The House obtained ancient crayères, underground cellars carved beneath the city of Reims. These crayères provided the perfect environment for storing and aging the exquisite Dom Ruinart wines, ensuring their quality and distinctive character.

In 1764, Ruinart achieved another milestone by shipping the first Rosé champagne across Europe. This bold and innovative move solidified the House's reputation for pushing boundaries and crafting exceptional champagnes that captivate the senses.

Over the centuries, the Ruinart family has remained at the helm of Maison Ruinart, steering it with unwavering dedication. In 1817, the family was ennobled and adopted the name Ruinart de Brimont. Through each generation, a Head of House emerges, bringing unique talents and a commitment to serving both tradition and innovation.

Experience the Essence of Dom Ruinart Wines

Discover the legacy and allure of Dom Ruinart wines at The Reserve Cellar. Immerse yourself in the world of these exceptional champagnes, crafted with centuries of expertise and passion.

Raise a glass and celebrate the timeless elegance and exquisite flavours of Dom Ruinart wines, the embodiment of a champagne heritage that has stood the test of time.

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