Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Champagne Gremillet, Balnot sur Laignes

Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Champagne Gremillet, Balnot sur Laignes

It took the ingenuity of a grandmother, the endurance of a father, and the know-how of a son to make one of the most popular champagnes in French Embassies around the world. The son, Jean-Christophe, now heads up the maison and he is taking it even further.

A true family venture, Champagne Gremillet, was born when Grandmother Lulu planted those first vines in 1978. In the past, the Aube region where Gremillet sits, was considered second class to their northern friends near Marne and Épernay. They were the farmers, not the blenders.

It took a riot in 1911, when the big houses in the north, tried to exclude the Aube from Champagne appellation. Only later in 1927 was the region fully included. Silly as the best Pinot Noir grapes are found there. I leave it to Jean-Christophe to tell you the rest of the family history!

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