The story of champagne Marc
is not only intimately linked to the history of France; it also mirrors its noble heart and spirit.
The story begins in 1626, when Lord François de Baradat, the rich proprietor of a vineyard in Fleury-la-Rivière in Champagne and favourite courtier of King Louis XIII, is condemned to exile by Richelieu, for romantic liaisons and for provoking the Marquis de Seguier to a duel. Returning to his estate in Fleury-la-Rivière, which at the time was renowned for its red wine, François de Baradat had to wait until the death of Richelieu to fi nd favour in the royal court again. When he eventually returned to court he bequeathed his estate; it is the legacy of Champagne Arthur Marc.
To pay tribute to this fl amboyant benefactor, the House of Marc, to this day, adorns each and every bottle of its champagne with the symbol of crossed swords upon a radiant sun: the sign of royalty.
FROM THE RICHES OF THE EARTH ARE BORN THE AROMATIC RICHES OF CHAMPAGNE MARC.
In Fleury-la-Rivière, nestled in the Vallée de la Marne, a stone’s throw from Epernay, the House of Marc benefi ts from a unique terroir which yields exceptional wine year after year. The vines have buried their roots deep in the clay and chalkrich soil, over more than 30 years of steady growth. Add to this a generous measure of sunlight bathing the slopes and the result is fruit gorged with natural sugars and aromas. The three Champagne grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, are all grown here, allowing the House of Marc to create champagnes as rich as they are varied. To create good champagne, you fi rst need good grapes and to achieve this, the House of Marc employs sustainable working practices that protect the land which, in return, blesses us with crops of outstanding quality.
Thanks to low yields and meticulous harvesting, the quality of our champagne is never compromised.