Champagne Bollinger was founded in
1829, and is still 100% family owned today. Mentzendorff
have been agents for Bollinger since 1858.
Somewhat unusual for a Champagne House,
Bollinger have been growers and producers from the outset.
70% of Bollinger's grape supply comes
from its own vineyards. This is a minimum, set out in
Bollinger's Charter of Ethics and Quality, which was
published in 1992. This Charter confirms the House's
commitment to true standards of excellence, and reinforces
their stubborn determination to maintain those standards
that have made Bollinger a watchword for the quality
The values and expertise that created
the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have
been handed down from generation to generation. As "caretakers"
of this tradition, it is our duty to pass it on, while
always remaining responsive to the taste of the modern,
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The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866)
is often considered the first businesswoman of the modern
era. Née Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin, she was widowed
in 1805 at the age of 27. Veuve Clicquot ( Veuve means
widow in French) defied every convention of the day
to take the helm of her late husband's small Champagne
house. She enlisted help wisely, took astute risks and
made important technological innovations (including
the invention of remuage or riddling), leading the House
to world renown. One of her most significant triumphs
was sending a secret shipment of her Champagne to Russia
in 1814 in defiance of Napoleon's blockade--a great
& Chandon Champagne
Claude Moët, a wine trader descended
from an old family resident in the Champagne region
since the 14th century, founded his house in Epernay
in 1743, and decided to perpetuate the Dom Perignon
legacy. His grandson, Jean-Rémy Moët, is
the one who, in the 19th century, really helped the
house expand by opening it up to foreign markets.Jean-Rémy
Moët handed the house over to his son and his son-in-law,
Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles. It then took on
the Moët & Chandon name. With an inherited
tradition and know-how strengthened over the generations,
Moët & Chandon is today number one in the profession
and the Champagne brand of reference. Leader in the
export market, the house sells over 80% its of production
to foreign markets. Its reputation is exceptional: a
Moët & Chandon cork pops somewhere on Earth
every single second. The house's vineyards span a total
of 771 hectares. This makes it by far the greatest in
Piper Heidsieck Champagne
Florens-Louis Heidsieck was the son
of a Lutheran minister from Westphalia.
He moved to Reims to be a cloth merchant, and discovered
wine-making there. He started making his own in 1780,
and since he was neither a viticulturist nor native
from Reims, he showed talent and worked hard at his
He founded his own House on 16 July 1785. He had already
become an expert at his art, and even dedicated one
of his wines to Queen Marie-Antoinette. He was granted
the honor of presenting it to Her Majesty in person.
Laurent-Perrier creates wines that
give pleasure and are based on a solid savoir-faire.
It was the first champagne House to introduce a large
proportion of Chardonnay – a minority grape in
the region – into the blend of its Brut L-P, the
true signature of the Laurent-Perrier style. Laurent-Perrier
has also created other products, such as Cuvée
Rosé Brut, a wine with a unique rosé colour
with the characteristic aromas of red berries, presented
in a special bottle. The House has also created Ultra-Brut,
a natural brut (unsweetened) wine that requires the
skill of subtle assemblage of high-quality grapes, since
this wine can only be made from very mature grapes with
low acid content. The search for exceptional quality
is also applied to Cuvée Grand Siècle,
an exceptional non-vintage blend of wines, selected
in the very best vineyards from the very best years.
It is the champagne spirit in all its splendour.
Louis Roederer is one of the largest
remaining independent Champagne Houses, owned by the
same family since it was founded in 1776.
In the period 1832 to 1870, under the
direction of Louis Roederer, the house gained top ranking
worldwide with sales of 2,500,000 bottles, including
390,000 in the United States and 660,000 in Russia where
Louis Roederer champagne was an outstanding success.
In 1876, Louis Roederer II who had succeeded his father
created the Cristal cuvée for Tsar Alexander
II. In 1909,Tsar Nicolas II nominated Louis Roederer
as the official supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia.
Louis Roederer produces wines from
its own vineyards, of a quality and tyle that places
them among the most sought after wines in the world.
Richness and subtleties of the Mumm
vineyards traditions and know-how built up over generations,
a constant awareness of quality - the spirit of the
Maison Mumm, expressed with refinement and generosity
in the range of Mumm champagnes.The Mumm Champagne House
has come to symbolise champagne around the world.As
a major player in the world of champagne, Mumm has been
nstrumental in the success of this outstanding product
across the centuries.It has been behind advances in
viniculture and high-profile initiatives which have
helped establish champagne's international reputation
while respecting tradition and keeping pace with changing
tastes and fashions.
In 1734, Jacques Fourneaux, a merchant
of champagne wines, established the company that would
some day become Taittinger. In that early part of the
XVIIIth century, the Benedictine abbeys of Hautvillers,
Pierry, Verzy, and Saint-Nicaise in Reims, owned the
best vineyards in the Champagne region. They cultivated
the vines and pressed the harvest to produce the first
sparkling wines which they either sold themselves, or
through agents in Epernay or Reims.
The Abbey of Hautvillers was born in
the 7th century of a dream that came to Saint Nivard.
Ten centuries later, Dom Pierre Pérignon gave
this heritage its most dazzling interpretation. The
extraordinary quality of the ine he devised and produced
in the secrecy and religious fervour of the Abbey makes
him the spiritual father of champagne and one of the
greatest visionaries of modern wine-making.