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The Champagne House, based in Rheims, knights with Gosset for the honour of being the oldest in Champagne. It was founded in 1729 by the cloth merchant Nicolas Ruinart (1697-1769), who sold his customers not only cloth but also wine from his vineyard. His uncle was the monk Dom Thierry Ruinart (1657-1709), who visited the famous abbey of Hautvillers, where he learned Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715) and his winemaking techniques, and where he died and was buried. Inspired by his prominent uncle, Nicolas Ruinart devoted himself to the wine making techniques of the Benedictine monks. He was supported by his son Claude Ruinart (1731-1798) and the company name was extended to Ruinart Père et Fils. After the death of his father, Claude moved the company's headquarters from Epernay to Reims and expanded the champagne trade

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