UMC - Grandes Marques et Maisons de Champagne

Since 1882 the UMC has brought together all of the Grandes Marques brands and Champagne Houses that collectively underpin the worldwide reputation of Champagne wines. This website is specifically designed to teach you everything you need to know about their history and organization, their expertise and their ever-innovative ambitions.

Champagne only comes from Champagne, France


Tasting of the vins clairs (still wines) is in full swing

The cellar masters and their teams taste the vins clairs from the previous harvest, tank by tank and barrel by barrel. This is skilled work that requires a memory of every wine with an eye to the eventual blend.

The Champagne month by month
Minimum aging period

Did you know?

All Champagne wines must spend at least 15 months aging in the bottle before release, rising to three years for vintage wines. In practice, the Champagne Houses cellar their wines for much longer: 2-3 years for non-vintage Champagne, and at least 4-10 years, if not more, for vintage Champagne.


Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adélaïde Jouët shared a passion for nature and the arts. She was a young woman of culture from a merchant family; he was a skilled winegrower and botanist. They married in 1810 and founded the House of Perrier-Jouët the following year. The House now belongs to the Pernod-Ricard Group.

The Champagne Houses
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