One of my favorites… Ruinart Blanc de Blanc …reviewed by the Champagne Tipplers.
Ruinart lays claim to be the world’s oldest Champagne house (Gosset is older but used to be into still wines for a long time), founded in 1729. It is the legacy of a benedictine monk; Dom Thierry Ruinart, who was a worldly man. He came to know of a “wine with bubbles” which was not yet known as champagne but was growing popular with aristocracy.
He became fairly obsessed with bubbly wines, so much so he would often go back to his family in Champagne and divulge plans to establish production in the area.
Sadly Dom Ruinart died in 1709, but his nephew Nicolas Ruinart took his ideas on board and started the first Champagne House; Maison Ruinart.
The house features a historic set of Cellars – or “Crayéres”, which are cut into the chalk underneath Reims. They are listed as a UNESCO world heritage item – but this has worked against them.
The extensive documentation of the historic cellars allowed…
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