Donovan Ingram, CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS and Max Goldberg outlining 2nd wines of Pauillac last post. These are such incredible deals when you compare the prices to the grand vin and the sourcing of fruit, which makes them super exciting to me.
This week: German roots in Champagne
Identify 3 houses that have German origins and tell us their story
Bollinger previous Cellar Master Mark (Matt?) works in Germany for top Sekt production from Riesling with longer lees aging.
Piper Heidsick & Charles Heidsick influenced by Florenz-Ludwig Heidsick, the 1st German to make sparkling wine in Champagne.
Louis Roederer — Roederer was from a German family that had settled in Strasbourg. He inherited the estate, originally called Dubois Pere et Fils, from his German uncle.
Taittinger — Pierre Taittinger was from a German family that had settled in Lorraine. The winery originally called Forest-Fourneaux was established in the 18th century, and was purchased and renamed Taittinger in the 1930’s.
Krug — Johan-Joseph Krug, a butcher’s son born in Mainz, on the Rhine, left Germany for Paris. He then worked at Champagne Jacquesson and married Adolphe Jacquesson’s sister-in-law before founding Krug in 1843.
On the topic of Bollinger, it is also worth noting that Joseph-Jacob Bollinger, one of the 3 founders of the house as I understand it, was a German immigrant.
Mumm is another good example, being founded by 3 German brothers in 1827.
According to the Schiller-Wine Blog site:Veuve Clicquot's cellar master, the German Anton Mueller, who invented the remuage technique, married into the Ruinart family. With the Ruinart daughter, Anton Mueller created his own Champagne House, Ruinart-Mueller, which does not exist anymore. While at the helm of Ruinart-Mueller, his compatriot Bollinger was one of his employees, before leaving Ruinart-Mueller and setting up his own Champagne House.
The German migration to Champagne, in particular Reims originate from the early 1800's when Lorraine was Germanic and it's inhabitant were attracted to the industry of textile that flourished in the region at the time and it's wealth creation. I would add to the list of producer of German decent Deutz that Wilhelm Deutz founded in 1838 after initially being a wine Negociant.