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Portraits of House Founders

The Champagne Houses boast a rich legacy in pictures — the memorable men and women who founded each House and made it famous around the world. A selection of portraits from the UMC Library.


The cellars and chalk pits (crayères) of Champagne play a critical role in the making of Champagne by offering ideal conditions for aging: constant temperature, stable humidity and a complete absence of natural light. It is here that the bottles embark on a long period of maturation that can run from several years to several decades. A selection of old photographs from the UMC collection.

Canard Duchêne

Selected photos from the 125th anniversary celebrations

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