Born in 1964, Frédéric Panaïotis spent much of his time in the small Champagne vineyards of his grandparents as a child. He enjoyed harvesting the Chardonnay grapes and started to learn about wine in their small cellars. He joined Ruinart in 2007 as ‘Chef de Caves’ – Ruinart Cellar Master. In this position, he has the responsibility of creating the blends, from the non vintages (‘R’de Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé), to the prestige cuveés of Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé.
The history of Ruinart: Dom Thierry Ruinart was an intuitive, visionary, hardworking, and modest Benedictine monk who was born in Champagne in 1657. At the age of 23 he left home in Champagne to study near Paris. While there, he was exposed to the city and court and in-particular he learned of a new “wine with bubbles,” (not yet known as champagne), which was already popular among young aristocrats. He believed that vines of his native soil in Champagne had a promising future for “wine with bubbles” and passed on this conviction to his brother and his nephew, who after his death founded the very first Champagne House in existence, Maison Ruinart, in 1729. Each generation has produced a Head of House with singular talents devoted to upholding the family tradition started by Dom Ruinart, and today it is still going strong as one of the most prestigious Champagne houses in existence.
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