The history of Champagne J. Charpentier began 5 generations ago. Henri Claisse, coming from a farm family, decided in the early 1900’s to start a new activity: wine-growing. His son Marcel Claisse succeeded him in the early 1950’s and created the Marcel Claisse champagne. Pierre Charpentier, Léonidas’ son, became a wine-grower in 1920. He also made red wine to meet the demand… but during the roughest periods, barrels were more expensive than wine itself.
The union of Pierre and Marguerite Charpentier bore three sons. Marcellin, who took over from his father in 1946 began developing the champagne in 1954 with Marcellin's brand Charpentier. He and his wife, Solange, had three children, including Jacky, born in 1949. In 1960, Marcellin died prematurely and Solange continued her husband's work with Jacky and his brothers.
1983 saw the first expansion of the cellar and in 1987 a great technological innovation was introduced: thermoregulation. At that time very few winemakers there were equipped with this.
There was further extension in 1997 with diversification of the vinification methods using 200L barrels along with setting up several French oak tanks.
Claudine Charpentier and Jacky had two sons, Jean Marc, the eldest, was born in 1979 and also Marie-Pierre, born in 1988. After obtaining high school, Jean Marc received his BTS Viticulture and Enology. His passion for wine encouraged him to take the National diploma in Oenology (DNO) and after two years he had a wine and marketing masters.