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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Ruinart’s champagne tour is definitely worthwhile! Please reserve in advance as it is a small group tour unlike the Others. We were very impressed with Ruinart in terms of welcoming staff, tour...
Ruinart’s champagne tour is definitely worthwhile! Please reserve in advance as it is a small group tour unlike the Others. We were very impressed with Ruinart in terms of welcoming staff, tour... more »
This was the best tasting we did, it started in a comfy lounge, we were shown round the production and cellars and then had 4 tastings per couple. The tastings compared non vintage to vintage. The..... more
This was the best tasting we did, it started in a comfy lounge, we were shown round the production and cellars and then had 4 tastings per couple. The tastings compared non vintage to vintage. The..... more »
What an amazing experience! We did the 2 hours tour which included cellar tour and a tasting of vintage and “regular” champagnes. Our tour guide was amazing, the champagne was delicious and the estate is just beautiful. If you’re in Reims, don’t miss out on the oldest champagne house in the world!
I can only recommend to visit Ruinart when in Reims. We had a lovely brunch experience (wide variety of fresh products, great service and of course, amazing champagne) followed by a very instructive tour of the cellar. Thank you again Morgan!
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