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Maison Ruinart, Reims

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As the oldest established Champagne house, Maison Ruinart has exclusively produced champagne since 1729, only one year after Louis XV decided to allow wine to be transported in the bottle instead of the barrel. This made all the difference, as champagne needs to be aged in bottles to become bubbly.

In 1768, Nicolas Ruinart acquired the cellars that are amongst the largest in the region and Gallo-Roman in origin. Like most Champagne cellars, they are the product of ancient chalk mining, extending an astonishing 38 m (125 ft) below the ground and are 8 km (5 mi) long. The cave helps to keep the cellars at a constant 11 C (51.8 F). The taste of Ruinart is greatly dependent on the aging duration in Crayères (chalk cellars); three to four years is customary for non-vintages and nine to ten years is average for a Dom Ruinart.

You will need to make a reservation in advance to tour the caves and the facilities. The tour ends with a tasting of up to three varieties, or for an additional fee, you can taste a vintage variety. Always remember, bring a sweater because the caves get quite chilly. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Reims using our trip planner.
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  • My visit was pretty awful, and it's because of my guide. Before purchasing my ticket, I was reading some reviews about people buying their ticket in English, and being told that they were purchased....  more »
  • A beautiful place with great historical significance Our guide was difficult to understand however she made the trip interesting and informative The tasting was over the top fun Highly suggest going  more »
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  • Beautiful location, superb Champagne house, great tour guide. The art work, the cellars were magnificent, the history surrounding this place and the history of the very drinkable Champagne made this a tour to remember. The Ruinart home is just a short bus ride from Reims city centre. We would certainly visit again but remember to book in advance.
  • We had the most amazing visit to Ruinart! The history, the tour of the cellars, the tasting – everything was just perfect.

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