Our family and our history
The story of Champagne Duménil goes back to its foundation in 1874 and owes a great deal to a happy combination of skill in both viticulture and in wine-making that was a rarity at the end of the XIX century.
As well as tending vines, Emile-Paul Duménil, the founder, also owned a grocery and a café in Chigny-Les-Roses. Little did he realise that the champagne house he created would still be prospering more than 140 years later.
Exceptional wine makers
Their understanding of the tastes and expectations of their customers helped them become quite remarkable wine makers.
Frédérique and Hugues
Frédérique Poret is the great granddaughter of the founder of the house and today she is the creative inspiration behind the blending of the champagnes. Her husband, Hugues, is from a long line of vignerons in the nearby village of Sacy, Premier Cru, and he has the knack of bringing the best out of each plot of vines so that each reveals its own individual character.
They each play an equal part in the wine making and in bringing the spirit of Champagne Duménil to life.
A single land
It’s the deep layer of chalk that lies not far below the surface of the soil in our vineyards on La Grande Montagne de Reims that protects the vine roots from frost and which provides the nutrients and water the vines need to produce the elegance and freshness we look for in our wines. The forest too plays a vital role in regulating the temperature of the vineyards, concentrating the warm air above the slopes during the day and releasing it, as night approaches, down towards the lower slopes and the plain below.
The soil on La Petite Montagne has a sand and clay composition that brings out the magnificent fruity character of Pinot Meunier.
A vineyard nestled in the heart of the Montagne de Reims
All products of the House are Premier Cru. It is from the chalk within these well-known hills «hill of the Montagne de Reims» (Chigny-les-Roses, Rilly-la-M et Ludes), that the Dumenil Champagnes draw their incredible fruit. In order to retain the unique nature of the soil and the subsoil, manual labour is favoured as much as possible; notably with the use of horses in the oldest vineyards.
At each stage of the winemaking
Independent winegrower, we produce Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes in low yielding vineyards. Champagnes which are complete, balanced and rich are created from this trilogy. The Dumenil chzampagne style is sustainable for the future thanks to a precise blend from older vintages carefully preserved. Our precious bottles will mature in the cellars for a minimum of 3 years.