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Maison Ruinart, Reims

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Winery / Vineyard
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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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  • We had a wonderful time touring the crayeres at Ruinart. Our guide, Morgan, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed a tasting of two champagnes at the house, including both vintage and... 
    We had a wonderful time touring the crayeres at Ruinart. Our guide, Morgan, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed a tasting of two champagnes at the house, including both vintage and...  more »
  • We were 3 couples and 2 infants. Apart from the kind of strong position when the 6-months started making a noise, all was just perfect. I was there (work-related) 2 times before, but the renewal of... 
    We were 3 couples and 2 infants. Apart from the kind of strong position when the 6-months started making a noise, all was just perfect. I was there (work-related) 2 times before, but the renewal of...  more »
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  • Although we didn’t go on the tour, the ability to have a glass (or two) on the terrace and take in Ruinart was welcomed, unlike other competitors in the area. Enjoyed every drop and tasting the France-only blend. Would highly recommend.
  • Excellent tour and a wonderful champagne. One of the best ever

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