The Cattier family, producers of Armand de Brignac, have a rich and storied history as an elite Champagne house.
In the tiny Champagne village of Chigny les Roses, the Cattiers have owned and cultivated family vineyards since 1763. Today, the house remains independently-owned and run by the family with a staff of fewer than 20 people. Patriarch Jean-Jacques Cattier oversees the Chateau’s wine production; with strictly limited annual yields, M. Cattier and his staff can ensure that the family’s artisanal winemaking traditions are kept alive in each bottle.
The Cattier cellars are among the oldest and deepest in Champagne, with three styles of architecture represented in the caverns: Gothic, Renaissance, and Roman; Armand de Brignac is aged in a special, gated section of the deepest part of these cellars, 119 steps underground.
Robert Parker's Guide of French Wines rates Cattier as "excellent - among the best producers of Champagne." Centuries spent perfecting the art of Champagne are put to use in each Armand de Brignac cuvée.
Armand de Brignac is handcrafted under the strict supervision of our father and son winemakers Jean-Jacques and Alexandre Cattier.
The elder M. Cattier, patriach of our house and its resident connoisseur, is truly representative of Armand de Brignac's innovative marriage of old-world technique with modern innovation. Born and raised in Chigny-les-Roses, the small village where his family has owned vineyards since the 1700's, M. Cattier was made an oenologist at the age of 25 –after he had already earned a Master’s degree in Physics. After returning from an adventurous scientific mission to the Antarctic Kerguelen Islands, M. Cattier returned to Chigny-les-Roses and assumed his current role at our house and vineyards, a position he has held for the past 35 years. Now joined by his son (and fellow oenologist) Alexandre, M. Cattier brings his family's unmatched winemaking expertise, adventurous spirit, and true passion for Champagne to Armand de Brignac, a labor of love for the Cattiers and the jewel of the annual harvest.