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


Representatives of the Champagne Growers union (SGV) and Champagne Houses come together within the framework of the CIVC (interprofessional Champagne wines committee) to set the marketable yield for the year.

The tips of the shoots are pinched back to direct the flow of sap – essential to nourish the clusters.

The Champagne month by month

Did you know?

The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, formerly known as the Avenue de la Folie (“crazy avenue”), extends for nearly a kilometrer, lined on both sides by magnificent private dwellings lovingly constructed by the Champagne Houses, some as Head Offices, others as the private homes of proprietors. But the real glory of this avenue lies in the treasure trove of Champagne bottles beneath the surface – some 200 million bottles in all, slumbering quietly in the avenue’s 110 kilometre network of cellars.


Champagne Salon was willed into being by Aimé Salon, who crafted his first vintage in 1905. The wines are exclusively single vineyard, single varietal and single vintage, sourced entirely from the 100% Chardonnay Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru on the Côte des Blancs.

Bruno Paillard

Bruno Paillard comes from a long line of Champagne growers and brokers dating back to 1704. Hence his decision in 1981 to develop his own particular style of Champagne wines and establish his own Champagne House - one of the youngest of the Grandes Marques Champagne houses.

Comtes de Dampierre

Audoin de Dampierre founded his namesake Champagne House in 1986, building on a family connection with the Champagne region that dates back to 1881 – the year his great grandfather married Champagne scion, Marie Boisseau.

Marie Stuart

Mary Stuart, by name Mary, Queen of Scots, is certainly a woman who left her mark on the medieval period. She became Queen Consort of France following her husband’s accession to the throne as King Francis II (if only for a few months) and is known to have stayed in Reims with her aunt Renata of Lorraine, Abbess of Saint-Pierre-les-Dames in Reims. Hence, perhaps the name of this House, founded in 1867 and now part of the Groupe Thiénot.


Alain Thiénot comes from one of Reims’ oldest families. In 1985 following 17 years experience as a wine broker he embarked on the challenge of creating his own Champagne House. His children Stanislas and Garance are now gradually taking over the reins, building on the expert teachings of their father.

Moët & Chandon

Claude Moët was the first winemaker in Champagne to focus exclusively on sparkling wine production. The House he founded in 1743 was also the first to make a global impact, helped by the new celebratory rituals introduced by his grandson, Jean-Rémy. Moët & Chandon is now part of LVMH – hence the “M” in the name.

Besserat de Bellefon

Champagne House Besserat de Bellefon was established in 1843 and sailed through the 20th century gracing the best tables in France, from swinging Parisian cabarets to the frenzied nightclubs of ’sixties St Tropez. The House’s slogan says it all: “Choisir l’élégance de la vie dans la simplicité de sa beauté, c’est être libre selon BB” (to choose the elegance and beauty of simple living means to be free BB style).


This House dates back to the Second French Empire and was founded by Eugène Mercier, then just turned 20, who was nothing if not creative when it came to promoting his new venture. With the help of the Lumière Brothers, he made the first publicity film about Champagne for the 1889 Paris World Fair. The House is now part of LVMH.

Bissinger & C°

In 1831, Auguste Boizel married Julie Martin, who came from a long line of Aÿ winegrowers dating back to the 17th century. In 1834 they founded Champagne Boizel, which is now into its fifth generation with brothers Lionel and Florent Roques-Boizel at the helm upholding the House’s motto: “Avec Boizel, la vie est belle” (with Boizel, life is beautiful).


The House of Deutz was established in 1838 by two young entrepreneurs from Aix-la-Chapelle, Pierre-Hubert Geldermann and William Deutz. The adventure continues nearly two centuries later, with “Love” as the House’s watchword.

The Champagne Houses
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