Ruinart has been enjoyed for over two centuries, making it one of the oldest names in Champagne. Its conception was down to the prescience of Dom Thierry Ruinart, a farsighted Benedictine monk who recognised that the ‘wine with bubbles’ was going to be important long before champagne took its name. His nephew Nicolas moved the family business away from textiles in 1729 and into champagne production and Ruinart has paved the way ever since. In the 18th century it acquired vast chalk-lined cellars 40 metres under the city of Reims, known as crayères, and it is in these 8km of underground caves that their champagne is still aged today. Chardonnay takes centre stage, heading all of Ruinart’s top cuvées and imparting the complexity and elegance the champagne house is famous for.