Established in the late 19th century by Charles Gardet, Maison Gardet was later moved to Chigny-les-Roses by his son Georges Gardet to continue their traditions. The Prieux family is now the proud owner of the House. With deep roots in the Champagne region, Maison Gardet combines 21st-century technology with the tradition inspired by the founder of the House to produce Champagnes of outstanding quality.
The Prieux family’s roots in the Champagne region date back to the 1600s. Eventually, Christophe’s grandfather (Pierre) settled in Reims and started a nursery business. Christophe’s father (Jean) further developed this business of plants and trees. Finally, in 1990, Christophe joined his father after earning his international business degree with studies in both Reims and London. Christophe eventually left that business after developing it into the leading chain (Jardiland) of nursery and garden centers in both France and Spain.
Christophe’s reason for leaving the family business was simple. He felt that the most emblematic activity in the Champagne region was the production of Champagne … and he wanted to pursue that endeavor.
In 2003, Christophe met Madame Ployez and began a collaboration with her in the tiny and historic Maison Ployez-Jacquemart, located in Ludes in the prestigious Montagne de Reims. A few years later (2007), Christophe was offered ownership of Champagne Gardet in the next town over, Chigny-les-Roses (also in the Montagne de Reims). Christophe now owns both houses, which are at the same time different and complementary.
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Domaine Christian Clerget dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when the great grandparents of Christian Clerget procured various parcels of vines in the Côte de Nuits. This estate has seen four generations of winegrowers work in the vineyards of Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St-Denis, Vougeot, and Vosne-Romanée, where Pinot Noir grapes reach the pinnacle of their glory.
Christian Clerget and his wife Isabelle are about as hands-on as you can get when it comes to their wines. They live within the heart of their vineyard, in harmony with their land, which they consider as an extension of their garden. They know each leaf by heart and go to great lengths to respect each vine in order to produce the best wine: that which offers the truest expression of this land, without ever deceiving nature.
The estate’s origins date back to the beginning of the 20th century when the great-grandparents of Christian Clerget procured various parcels of vines in the villages of Chambolle, Vougeot, and Morey St-Denis. It was known in the 1980s and 1990s as Domaine Georges Clerget, named for Christian’s father. Christian took over in 1996 and built a new winery in 1998 as a first step to taking the domaine to its present level of quality.
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Justine, Christian and Isabelle’s daughter, is now working in the family estate with enthusiasm, new ideas, and experiences. Her education journey includes two years studying at CFPPA Beaune (Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole – English: Center for Professional Training and Agricultural Promotion) and one year working in New Zealand which was split; 6 months in Man O’ War Waiheke Island, North Island and 4 months in Two Paddocks, South Island.
She began working at Domaine Clerget in March 2014 with a focus on using her New Zealand experience of winemaking and viticulture to convert the estate to organic viticulture, a change which has begun by using only biological products in the vineyards.
For five generations the Patriarche family has cultivated vines in Meursault, one of the most famous white wine villages in the world. Christiane and Alain Patriarche are passionate about the Chardonnay grape, which they feel gains its greatest expression in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy. They take great care to produce their wines in the tradition of the great Meursaults.