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Deep in the Boizel cellars, lies a treasure unique in the Champagne region…


Hidden at the far end of the cellars, the vault named “Treasury” has transcended time. Each generation has sought to set aside the best bottles and especially managed to protect this treasure to the vagaries of history. Each has preserved these fragile witnesses of the excellence of their work , precious liquid archives resting in the deepest caves. And this from the beginning with the first bottles of the young House in 1834.

A very rare choice in the 19th century! In fact there was at the time no interest or market for older vintages and especially as the beginnings of the art of Champagne elaboration did not allow to predict a favorable evolution beyond ten years in the cellar. Today the family binds itself to taste them only rarely in order to continue the visionary work of previous generations and preserve this unique treasury.

These wines are kept “sur pointe” that is to say upside down, before disgorging : they therefore had no further contact with oxygen from the bottling which encourages a slower maturation. They are plugged with cork stoppers and unfortunately some, still held in place by a clip, don’t age well and let the wine spoil. Most often, though reduced to a very hard rod, they still serve their purpose and after a very delicate opening unveil remarkable wines.

The evolution over several decades is secret and unique to each vintage, and even each bottle: flavors are stronger, characters are affirmed, while enriched by an infinite complexity and subtle variations. Only Champagnes with a solid and harmonious structure develop these qualities over the long term: they are often extraordinary and sometimes fabulous.

Tasting them provides intense emotions: Michel Dovaz and Richard Juhlin, two renowned journalists, who had the chance to taste some of these very old Boizel Champagnes, testify as follows:

Richard Juhlin (tasted in 1995):

– 1961: a great Champagne: 96/100 points. Very light color and green shade in the shimmering robe. Typical of the vintage with its obvious truffle flavor supported by a bouquet with roasted and balsamic nuances.

Michel Dovaz  (tasted in April 1998):

– 1945: great wine of character, melted and concentrated with no influence by its age.

– 1929: After 69 years, the gas is still present, the gold dress has no amber glints .toasted aromas, dense without being fat, melted very ripe citrus notes, consistent, smooth and long finish. A timeless Champagne without any sign of the beginning of maderization.

Evelyne Roques- Boizel:

“I had the privilege of once taste the 1900: amazing fresh nose with at first an explosion of roasted aromas, very full-bodied wine at the first sip… but the wine did tarnish in the flutes and fainted within minutes. The 1929, a pure Chardonnay cuvée, is an unforgettable marvel : a customer did even knelt down to enjoy it.

My favorite might be the 1959: A great wine with a unique combination of freshness, power and subtlety… I remember accompanying my father on the presses by an incredible heat for September. My father did note in his book of harvests and blendings (the oldest book preserved dates back 1871 ): ” Harvest starting Sept. 12 after an extraordinary summer: no water and continuous sun since May. Perfect maturity.”