Keeping the passion in the family
for almost 400 years...

  • 1625

    The family began to work their vineyard in Chigny-les-Roses, a charming little village in the Montagne de Reims.

  • 1918

    Jean Cattier (Senior) began selling his very first bottles of champagne. Wounded during the First World War, Jean returned to the family estate to tend the vines, turn his grapes into wine and sell his first bottles at the end of the war. What an icon!
  • 1936

    Jean Cattier (Junior) married Nelly Adam. They took over the company and had three children: Jean-Louis, Liliane and Jean-Jacques. After the war, the couple formed a formidable team and spectacularly expanded the business. Jean oversaw the vines and the winery, while Nelly handled the management and sales side.
  • 1950

    Jean purchased the Clos du Moulin vineyard. Right from the very first harvest, he had the foresight to treat these grapes separately and create this first single-vineyard champagne, the “Clos du Moulin”.
  • 1967

    In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, Cattier Champagne became the largest independent producer in the region and the first, in 1967, to produce 100,000 bottles in one year.
  • 1971

    After graduating in oenology from the Science University in Reims, Jean- Jacques came back to the family estate. He would later go on to take over as director, assisted by his brother Jean-Louis in the vineyards. From the 1980’s onwards, we began focusing on exporting to Europe and further afield.
  • 2006

    Launch of a new brand, the Armand de Brignac, positioned as one of the most prestigious flagship bottles in Champagne. With a ground-breaking concept and presentation, it was crowned “the best champagne in the world” in 2010 by the international Fine Champagne Magazine.
  • 2011

    Alexandre, following in the footsteps of his father Jean-Jacques, became a certified oenologist and took the reins of the company after eight years on the estate. Working with his cousins Agathe and Marie, the respective daughters of Liliane and Jean Louis, the family business (and 12 generations of skill, expertise and tradition) is certainly in good hands!
  • 2018

    Cattier Champagne celebrates its hundredth birthday, with the fourth generation in place to grow and develop the family business.
Keeping the passion in the family<br> for almost 400 years...

Handing down our knowledge and expertise for 400 years

The story goes back all the way to 1625, and probably even further, when the Cattier family first started planting vines in Chigny-les-Roses, in the heart of the Montagne de Reims. The winery has since been passed down through 12 generations.

Keeping the passion in the family<br> for almost 400 years...

Today, Alexandre Cattier, became the thirteenth generation of Cattiers to work the vines and the fourth to produce their own champagne when he took the reins of the company, alongside his cousin Agathe, who became the Assistant Managing Director, and Marie, the new brand ambassador.

Under the guidance of Jean-Jacques Cattier, Cattier Champagne has flourished through the hard work, courage and audacity of the men and women in the family. Driven by their passion for wine and the land they work, each has helped make Cattier the brand it is today, dedicated to preserving and passing on the excellence we have inherited.

Keeping the passion in the family<br> for almost 400 years...

Deep in the heart of our cellars

Most of Cattier’s cellars are located underneath the family estate in Rilly-la-Montagne, where we can store some two million bottles. These cellars are more than a century and a half old, and still bear the traces of those who sheltered there to escape the bombs of the Second World War.

Keeping the passion in the family<br> for almost 400 years...

With 119 steps on one side and 136 on the other, these cellars are among the deepest in Champagne (almost 30 metres deep). Cellar depth has traditionally been measured in steps, a holdover from the days when builders didn’t have any more advanced ways of measuring it. What’s more, they were excavated over three different levels, with three distinct styles of arch: Gothic, Roman and Renaissance. These cellars provide the perfect conditions for bottles to mature: a constant temperature and protection from any disturbance.

Keeping the passion in the family<br> for almost 400 years...

We like to make the most of our cellar. This is why our Brut Premier Cru spends more than four years down there, even though the legislation only requires 15 months. Our most prestigious bottles, however, require more than 8 years resting in the cellar to open and develop their unique aromas.