the house chanoine
It was during the Age of Enlightenment that the story of Maison Chanoine Frères took on its true significance, when it was granted royal permission to excavate the first cellars in Épernay and to no longer sell champagne in barrels, but in bottles. As true entrepreneurs, the Chanoine brothers toured the various courts of Europe to introduce others to their wines, at a time when the popularity of champagne was beginning to soar.
Chanoine Frères champagne was served at the tables of the very highest aristocracy, from the Court of the King of France to England, Germany and Imperial Russia.From 1787, Maison Chanoine Frères began to forge strong trade links with these royal courts, links that would endure over the centuries.
Drawing on its rich past, Maison Chanoine Frères wished to pay tribute to the bold and courageous young women of the Russian nobility who contributed to the international reputation of Champagne throughout the exciting century that was the Age of Enlightenment.
And so, Champagne Tsarine was born.
a symbol ELISABETH
In 1741, the young tsarina Elizabeth Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I, was crowned.This blonde woman with big blue eyes, renowned for her charm, elegance and spontaneity, actively contributed to the reputation of France in Russia, and more specifically to the rise of the wines of Champagne that she so adored.
The Marquis de la Chétardie, French ambassador to Prussia, even supplied the beautiful tsarina’s coronation by sending for over 100,000 bottles of the finest wines from France, including several bottles of champagne from Pierre Chanoine.