I think it is really important to keep the traditional making of Champagne, ‘Méthode Champenoise’ by bottle rather than in bulk, around, as I believe this is how the best Champagne is produced. Therefore, I am going to design (if spaces allows) a traditional Champagne Factory with tasting bar. Or, at least, a Champagne House Specific maturing / bottling facility.
I have done some more research but into the specific Houses of Champagne to find out the most famous and biggest brands. The list on Wikipedia is thorough … Here is what I have found …
The earliest founded Houses are as follows:
- Adelé – 1757
- Chanoine Fréres – 1730
- Delamotte – 1760
- Gosset – 1584
- Heidsieck & Co Monopole – 1785
- Jacquesson – 1798
- Lanson – 1760
- Moet & Chandon – 1743
- Philipponnat – 1522
- Piper-Heidieck – 1785
- Louis Roederer – 1776
- Ruinart – 1729
- Taittinger – 1734
- Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin – 1772
Out of the earliest founded Champagne houses (above), LVMH is the most common Parent Group of them – this includes Moet & Chandon, Ruinart and Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin.
From this research, I think it would be particularly exciting to have a Moet and Vueve branded factory of some sort – perhaps specifically for their Vintage maturing and bottling. To accompany this, a Champagne Tasting Bar would be perfect – especially for the wealthy clientele.