Champagne Ruinart

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In September 1729, the modern-day champagne business officially began when a wealthy cloth merchant from Epernay called Nicolas Ruinart opened the doors of the first official Champagne House. Perhaps it was destiny that Nicoas's uncle( Dom Thierry … [Read more...]

Champagne Charles Heidsieck

Champagne Charlie

Captivating the Americans Charles-Camille Heidsieck was the first champagne-maker ever to travel to America. His great uncle Florenz-Louis Heidsieck had emigrated from Germany and founded Champagne Heidsieck & Co in Reims just a few years before … [Read more...]

Champagne Bruno Paillard

Champagne Bruno Paillard

Bruno Paillard is a charming gentle giant and true champagne aristocrat. Since 1704, the Paillard family has been discreetly growing grapes in Bouzy, a Grand Cru village in the Montagne de Reims, but just 30 years ago this young maverick bucked the … [Read more...]

Champagne Tarlant

Benoit Tarlant

Like many small family fish in the champagne sea, the Tarlants have been living in the heart of Champagne (in Oeuilly just outside Epernay) since the time of Dom Perignon, but only started making and selling their own champagnes after The Wall St … [Read more...]

Champagne Rene Geoffroy

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Established in the heart of the Marne Valley since the 17th century Champagne Rene Geoffroy is the No 1 grower in Cumieres (the most sun drenched and therefore earliest ripening village in Champagne) Its a family affair, dedicated to making wines … [Read more...]

Champagne Paul Bara

Chantale Bara

The Bara family have been growing grapes in the heart of the Montagne de Reims since 1833. Their 11 hectare domaine is 100% grand cru based around the commune of Bouzy, that famous and aptly named village whose name appears in the inventory of wines … [Read more...]

Champagne Pol Roger

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The Most British of Champagnes Established in 1849 during turbulent times in Europe by talented 19-year-old Pol Roger, this House quickly became very successful. The master blender Pol was succeeded by his two sons Maurice and Georges. At the turn … [Read more...]

Champagne Pierre Gimonnet

Didier Gimonnet

The Gimonnet family have been growers in Cuis, at the top of the Cotes des Blancs for over two centuries, and producing wines under their own label since the 1930s. They family own 25 hectares of vineyards spread across 1er cru Cuis, and the Grand … [Read more...]

Champagne Taittinger

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Although a ‘young’ family by Champagne history standards (they only entered the wine industry in 1931), the House of Taittinger is one of Champagne’s most ‘political’ and forward thinking producers. Members of the House have been very active in … [Read more...]

Champagne Dom Perignon

The Modern Day Monk - Richard Geoffroy, Dom Perignon

Inspired by a talented English wine publicist working for Moet et Chandon’s London agency, Simon Brothers, ‘Möet & Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon’ was the first luxury champagne of modern times and a stroke of pure marketing genius. ‘DP’ is a … [Read more...]