In 1729, cloth merchant Nicolas Ruinart founded what claims to be the first and oldest Champagne house, Champagne Ruinart.
Eagle-eyed readers will note that Champagne Gosset, founded in 1584, claims to be the oldest wine house in Champagne. It produced still and occasionally, almost by accident, sparkling wines from Champagne.
Champagne Ruinart sold sparkling wine exclusively, however, thus claiming the title of oldest Champagne house in our modern sense.
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