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Lovers of wine’s purity, they created the brut réserve cuvée, first expression of the boizel style.

Edouard & Adèle

1871: the company took the name BOIZEL PERE & FILS (Father and Sons) .  The family contract between Auguste and his son Edouard was signed by both men, but also by Julie, further proof of her equal partnership with her husband in the business.  Edouard became president at the age of thirty-two.

 

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After the death of his father in 1876, Edouard added his first name to the House name. He too married in 1865 a lady from Aÿ, Adèle Camuset, descendant from the Camuset Champagne house, founded in 1796 during the French Revolution.  A special cuvée was labeled for this occasion and mentioned : BOIZEL-CAMUSET, propriétaire de vignes (owner of vineyards).

 

 

1872: Edouard and Adèle added their touch to the House’s style by reducing the dosages (amount of sugar added after disgorgment) and elaborationg the House’s first true Bruts. At the time, Champagne was usually consumed very sweet   At the request of the English, Champagnes would be sweetened less and less. Pasteur’s and Chaptal’s discoveries finally enabled greater consistency in winemaking.  

Always more concerned with perfection, Edouard released vintage Champagnes in the very good years: some of these are still sleeping in Boizel’s deepest cellars, in the niches of the “Trésor” vault.

 

This wine cellar contains and protects Boizel’s “liquid” archives, including 11 bottles from 1834, the first Champagnes produced by Auguste and Julie.   Here lie some of the 19th and 20th centuries’ most famous vintages: 1870, 1893, 1900, 1929, 1945 (whose bottles are blue due to end of war restrictions), 1959, 1961 etc.

 

 

1887: signature of the first contract with the famous British company, Hedges & Butler, a very important fine wine merchant founded in London in 1667 and also a great family with whom the bonds of friendship were to endure through generations until today.  Edouard granted them the exclusive distribution of Boizel Champagnes in the UK.  In 1987, the centenary of these links was celebrated with due pomp and ceremony in London, which was an exciting opportunity to taste a few bottles from the “Trésor“!

 

 

1910: passage of Halley’s Comet, which inspired many coats arms in Champagne, as well as an anonymous engraver who carved, in the soft chalk of Boizel’s cellars, the date of the event and a beautifully stylized comet which watches over the “Trésor“. 

 

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