Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat, who originally hailed from Hautvillers. Over the years he became recognised for his skill in crafting exceptional cuvées that he supplied to the greatest hotels, restaurants and wine merchants of the day. Following in Edmond’s footsteps, future generations continued the business.
His grandsons, Victor and Edmond, became as passionate as their forebear about work well doneand a commitment to excellence and quality. With complementary talents (one was an outstanding technician, the other a highly accomplished taster) they worked together in complete harmony. They were committed to developing Besserat de Bellefon’s renown and prestige. In 1920 Edmond married Yvonne de Méric de Bellefon, daughter of a noble Champagne family, giving the House a family crest, and the Besserat de Bellefon legend was born.
1930 was a historic turning point for Besserat de Bellefon, which was soon to become legendary. Victor Besserat took up the challenge laid down by the Director of a distinguished Parisian restaurant, the Samaritaine de Luxe, and crafted a delicate and lightly sparkling Champagne as a perfect accompaniment to an entire meal. This marked the birth of a range which is now called the Cuvée des Moines in tribute to the Benedictine monks who first mastered the techniques of fermenting Champagne. This creamy flavoured Champagne, specifically designed for fine dining, was complemented by a rosé version in 1972 to the very great pleasure of all those who appreciate variety in food and wine pairing.
For many years it has been a priority for Besserat de Bellefon to meet the requirements of its most experienced and demanding clients. It is this approach that led the House to broaden its range in 1999 with a Blanc de Blancs, exemplifying purity and delicacy through its use of Chardonnay grapes, followed in 2007 by its exceptionally powerful 2002 Vintage Champagne.