Now that the covid-19 crisis is gradually subsiding, rediscover Maison Ruinart, which has reopened its doors after months of closure. Located less than an hour by train from Paris, it combines nature and culture, know-how, gastronomy and wine.
Here are 5 reasons to visit the oldest Champagne House in Reims this summer:
1 - Digital heritage: virtual reality tour
This year, in addition to the traditional 2-hour guided tour, the Maison is innovating with a virtual visit. The entire underground route, as well as the reception and tasting rooms, evoking the atmosphere of an aristocratic residence, have been photographed in 360° and digitized. Once you've donned your virtual reality headset, you can freely explore all the spaces, some of which would be inaccessible under normal circumstances.
2 - Gastronomy: a local brunch at Ruinart champagne
For the first time, Maison Ruinart is offering a brunch this summer, with two services organized on Saturdays and Sundays. It's an opportunity to get to know other visitors and taste the cuisine of Valérie Radou, Maison Chef.
3 - Artistic reinterpretations: a collection
The House calls on the greatest contemporary artists and designers to pay tribute to its cuvées, its history, its heritage and its chalk pits, which are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among them are designer Maarten Baas, photographer Erwin Olaf, sculptor Jaume Plensa and Chinese artist Liu Bolin, whose works are on display in the Maison's salons d'honneur.
4 - Nature: seeing climate change in champagne
For Ruinart, the question of sustainability is an obvious one: viticulture is above all a story of time. By blending grape varieties, crus and vintages, the cellar master creates cuvées year after year. The process is a long one: from harvest to tasting, it sometimes takes more than a decade. Climate change and its effects are already visible in the vineyards.
5 - Savoir-faire: tasting the House's cuvées
This summer, Ruinart is offering tastings by the glass to discover the aromatic richness and freshness of its wines. You can taste the traditional cuvées R de Ruinart, Ruinart Rosé, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, but also R de Ruinart 2011, a surprising vintage brut available only in France. It's also possible to discover exceptional vintages, the Dom Ruinart cuvées.
4, rue des Crayères
Reservations for adults only
www.ruinart.com or +33 3 45 67 78 98