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A family house

The Alain Vesselle family has been living in Bouzy for several generations, the famous Grand Cru of the Montagne de Reims. Already Alain Vesselle’s ancestors grew vines.
In the 1960s, Alain – the heir to a line of winegrowers – created his own brand of champagne. He passed on his passion for the vine and for the wine to his son Eloi,
who himself passed it on to his sons.

The history of the Vesselle family is marked by changes. Discover a short timeline with a few key dates.

19th century
Origines
Alain Vesselle's paternal great-grandfather – HONORE CONSTANT VESSELLE – makes the Bouzy Rouge at the beginning of the 19th century. LEOPOLD BARNAUT – Alain Vesselle's maternal grandfather begins producing wine at the beginning of the 20th century.

Fulgence Vesselle creates his brand under his own name around the 1930's. This committed man actively participates at the renown of Bouzy and Champagne region.
19th century
1946-1962
Acknowledgment
Fulgence Vesselle grows up in times of phylloxera ravaging the Champagne vineyard. Protection of the environment against phylloxera gives rise to the ASSOCIATION VITICOLE CHAMPENOISE.

Fulgence Vesselle is the precious voice of the AVC in the field. He provides advice and experience for technical works of the AVC. « In 1962, thanks to his exceptional qualities he became Member of the Executive Board of the Association Viticole Champenoise. » M. de Vogüé's speech LE VIGNERON CHAMPENOIS
1946-1962
1947 - 1959
Mayor of Bouzy
Fulgence Vesselle - mayor of Bouzy
1947 - 1959
From 1969
Award
The Bouzy Rouge – this exceptional wine find its place on the most prestigious tables.
From 1969
Around 1960
Respect for the heritage
The demand to taste champagnes from smaller producers keeps growing. Alain Vesselle – - the heir to a line of winegrowers – created his own brand of champagne.
Around 1960
Innovation
Alain Vesselle - this visionary man and pionner is always on the lookout for new things. He likes to innovate. He builds his modern cellar and his stainless steel winery. A few years later, comme l’un des premiers vignerons, he buys his pneumatic press and his automated gyropalettes – modern tools that allow him to work even more efficiently.
Around 1975
Prestige champagne
Elaboration of the CUVEE SAINT ELOI GRAND CRU which pays tribute to the constant search for the quality of the terroir and a creative passion.

This wine emanates from a winegrower's know-how passed on by Alain Vesselle to his descendants. Saint Eloi is the patron saint of goldsmiths, blacksmiths, all workers in metal and farmers. An ancestral bottle with a rounder shape recalls the first champagne bottles.

As a pioneer winegrower, Alain Vesselle introduces this prestigious bottle to smaller Champagne Houses.
Around 1975
1987
Wine tourism
Alain Vesselle launches himself into wine tourism and events for companies, works councils and tourists.

He built LE CAVEAU LE BOUZY ROUGE to welcome groups for tastings or champagne paired meals.
1987
1993-1996
Commitment
Alain Vesselle - President of the FNETARF which became the current FNEDT - the National Federation of Territorial Entrepreneurs; President of the CEETTAR (European Organisation of Agricultural, Rural and Forestry Contractors)
1993-1996
1995
Jeroboam de l'an 2000
Celebration of the year 2000 with a special Grand Cru champagne in jeroboam to mark the passage to the third millenium – numbered & limited edition.
1995
1997
Transmission
Alain Vesselle passed on his passion for the vine and for the wine to his son Eloi, who himself passed it on to his sons.

Eloi Vesselle makes 3 different champagnes for his 3 sons : Guillaume in 2001 and Antoine and Thibaud in 2011.
1997
2010
Prestige Rosé de Saignée
Elaboration of the ROSE SAINT ELOI – PRESTIGIOUS ROSE DE SAIGNEE that is more unusual in the Champagne region. It has a more intense colour with a richer expression compared to the rosé champagne by blending.
2010
2014
New generation
In 2014, Guillaume Vesselle – the eldest of three brothers – took over the reins of the family House.

He perpetuates the ancestral heritage and the know-how while bringing a touch of modernity.

He defines the INTREPID range (champagnes : Antoine, Thibaud and Guillaume) and takes the decision to follow in his grandfather's footsteps by developing wine tourism.

Passionate about his job, he is committed every day to offering his customers remarkable wines, the expression of a unique terroir.
2014