Ayala: An Archetype of Great Champagne

Champagne Ayala

Once holding the Royal Warrants for the courts of both England and Spain, Champagne Ayala is renowned for its elegant and fresh wines. A pioneer in low dosage wines; Edmond de Ayala founded this archetypal house in 1860 in Aÿ. Blessed not only with his family’s sense of ambition but also their dedication to excellence and a taste for adventure, ... Read More »

Champagne Charles Heidsieck: Innate Audacity

Charles Heidsieck

Born in 1822, the son of two great Champagne families, Heidsieck and Henriot, Charles Heidsieck founded his self-named champagne house in 1851, at the age of 29. Much to the shock of the Champagne community, Charles dared to use his first name on his label. This audacity is still reflected today in every bottle.  With intuition, expertise, determination and excellence, Charles Heidsieck created ... Read More »

Champagne Veuve Clicquot – La Grande Dame

Champagne Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame

At the untimely death of her husband François Clicquot in 1805, Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, aged just 27 years old, became the “Veuve” or Widow Clicquot and inherited her husbands’s Champagne house “La Maison Clicquot.” Instead of fading into the background, she chose to take charge of the business – a truly unprecedented decision. Equipped with great talent, Madame Clicquot’s ... Read More »