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The Champagne House, based in Reims, vies with Gosset for the honour of being the oldest in Champagne. It was founded in 1729 by the cloth merchant Nicolas Irénée Ruinart (1697-1769), who sold his customers wine from his vineyard as well as cloth. His uncle was the Benedictine monk Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709), who visited the famous Hautvillers Abbey, met Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715) and his winemaking techniques there and also died and was buried here. Dom Ruinart recognised the future potential for the production of champagne during his trading trips in Europe through the growing enthusiasm at the aristocratic courts. Inspired by his prominent uncle, Nicolas Ruinart devoted himself to the wine techniques of the Benedictine monks. He was supported in this by his son Claude Ruinart (1731-1798) and the company name was expanded to Ruinart Père et Fils. After his father's death, Claude moved the company's headquarters from Epernay to Reims and expanded the champagne trade.

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