UMC - Grandes Marques et Maisons de Champagne

Home > Château de Pierry

Château de Pierry

Château de Pierry was built c. 1734 as a Gentilhommière (country retreat) for the count-bishop of Châlons-en-Champagne and peer of the realm, Monseigneur de Choiseul-Beaupré, whose personal history was intimately linked to the birth of Champagne wine itself.

The chateau is named for the village of Pierry, south of Epernay (capital of Champagne wine), a place famous since the late 17th Century when a Benedictine cellar-master called Brother Jean Oudart (1654-1742) adopted the methods of sparkling wine production pioneered by his mentor and contemporary, Dom Pérignon, celebrated procurator of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers.

In the 1730s, Claude Antoine de Choiseul Beaupré, 24th count-bishop of Châlons-en-Champagne and peer of the realm commissioned the building of a country retreat in an encumbered, continuous plot of land of some 48 arpents (roughly 48 acres). The house was specifically designed to double as a winery (complete with wine press, storerooms and cellars) "so as to afford [the count] privileged access to the good wine of Pierry, made according to the methods of Brother Jean Oudart.". The finished property encompassed 25 rooms (representing more than 1000 m2 of living space) together with 3000 m2 of outbuildings and some 25 acres of excellent vineyard. Mgr de Choiseul would remain the owner of this small" private country retreat until his death in 1763.

The road you see today divided the property in two in around 1760, separating the vineyard from the winery and the chateau itself. Monsieur de Maupas, uncle of Napoleon III’s famous prefect of police, was a frequent guest at the chateau in the Napoleonic Era.

In the mid 19th Century, the estate was divided into lots and the d’Arragon family became the principal owner. (William Deutz, eponymous founder of the Grande Marque Champagne House, would subsequently marry Mademoiselle d’Arragon).

In 1858 the outbuildings were partly acquired by the Gobillard family (the descendants of Monseigneur de Choiseul’s first Master Winegrower, Jean-Baptiste Gobillard). Almost a century later, in the 1970s, the property was returned to its original identity as a wine-growing estate by Jean-Paul Gobillard, who also restored the house to its mid-18th Century appearance.

This charming country retreat (ideally suited for private functions) is now one of Champagne’s prime tourist attractions.

UMC 02/2012