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History

The Company, as it is known nowadays, has been founded in 1986 by Count Audoin de Dampierre; a visionary, stamped with generosity, conviction and passion, making him a charismatic personality of champagne. He has led his life the way he has driven his classic cars, his great passion. The man is full of humour.

 

Audoin de Dampierre re-launched the family business 28 years ago on the simple idea that good wines are necessarily made from good grapes. Year after year, from vintage to vintage, this perfectionist established his name in over 20 countries. With experience, a constant desire to surpass himself and be original, he had in 1989 the intuition to revive the sumptuous tradition of the past and re-establish the absolute elegance of champagne by using the ancestral technique of twine closure or twine hood sealing as the distinctive signature of his brand name.

 

At the time, it was considered madness in Champagne, but proved very successful worldwide. “Champagne is better appreciated in good company” and sharing has always been a chief virtue of this gourmet. Audoin de Dampierre derives genuine pleasure from sharing his familial intimacy and welcoming the public as his guests to initiate them to the subtleties of his wines.

 

He thus passes on his sense of tasting with perfect manners, like a true ambassador of champagne. Audoin de Dampierre retired in 2011 in his castle in Charente-Maritime. His successor, Mr Philippe Rosy and his team operates from Bouzy, in the heart of the Champagne area where the headquarters and the cellars of the company are based. Premium grapes from the best soils, precise assembling, precious packaging and both a unique and distinguished taste have turned Champagne Comtes de Dampierre into an inimitable signature. 

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Vineyards

Chardonnay is the diamond of Champagne and Champagne Comtes de Dampierre has built throughout the years its reputation on this grape variety from the Côte des Blancs: four products of our range are Blanc de Blancs Cuvées. The Pinot Noir grapes from Premier Cru Vineyards come from the Montagne de Reims and we have deliberately chosen not to use any Pinot Meunier.

 

The best grapes from Premier Cru and Grand Cru Vineyards are the key for our outstanding qualities. Promoting his Champagne brand in all French Embassies around the world, was one of Audoin de Dampierre’s contribution to the success story and he was able to rely on his family connections. Experiencing the work as an ambassador for this brand he decided to use this name for his champagne range.

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Winemaking

Like the most prestigious champagne houses, Dampierre champagnes are made only from exceptional grapes from selected Premier Crus and Grand Crus vineyards and only from the two traditional grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For Chardonnay, the selection comes from the best villages and their soils of the Côtes de Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger.

 

The Pinot Noir grapes are the jewels of the Montagne de Reims, coming from Bouzy, Ambonnay and Cumières. From non-vintage Brut to “Cuvée des Ambassadeurs” and to the special vintage cuvees, Dampierre champagnes are renowned as nectars with a fine, long-lasting mousse. Perfect blends of refinement and distinction! 

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Inside information

When de Dampierre ancestors started to sell their first bottles of great cuvees, they were sealing the corks onto the bottle by mean of a locally produced twine, made of hemp. This tradition had long ago become part of the Dampierre unique identity. In 1989, Audoin de Dampierre asked Michel Laudy, a former well known cellar master, to dig out from the family memories the very principles of this old tradition to “tie the corks”.

 

Michel Laudy found drawings and technical descriptions. He then was able to build a new wooden bench, similar to those used at the end of the 17th century. He managed to find the exact description of the original twine, made of hemp and the right people to produce it locally. “Ficelage” is the ancestral method of tying the cork to the bottle with twine and is an age- old tradition that requires immense skill: concentration and finesse are essential in the art of tying as in many handicraft, time is here of the utmost importance. Even an expert only completes 50 corks in an hour.

 

The “ficeleur” ties intricate knots whilst the twine is still attached to the ball and then cuts both ends; this process is repeated twice, forming a cross on the top of the cork. Early 1992, the first bottles of special cuvee sealed of twine, our Family Reserve, was sold to our agents in the United States, helping greatly to build Comtes de Dampierre as a unique brand of Champagne.

Today, both our Prestige cuvees and the whole “Ambassadeurs” range of champagne are available with their unique seal. Japan has, last year, been the first export market to ask us to supply the entire range sealed in the traditional way. 

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  56 wines 

The Champagne Magazine's "The 100-Best Champagnes 2022" tasting - Day 2.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  47 wines 

100 Best Champagne semifinals continue.... Some great surprises, such as Alfred Gratien Brut Millésime 2007!

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  50 wines 

Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes 2021 -tasting day II.

1y 15d ago

 Maurizio Zanella, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Cristal 1971 / Moderately pale golden yellow colour. Persistent, intense and elegant nose with great depth by autolysis characters, brioche and hints of dried apricots. Very crisp palate with vivid mousse and persistent lemony flavours with dried fruits. Wonderful yeasty character adding extra structure. Long lingering mineral finish. Beautiful balance and harmony. Just pure enjoyment! 98p

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  67 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes -tasting day II - best Rosé's and Blanc de Blancs'

3y 5m ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Some great Champagnes from 1990's decade

4y 4m ago

 James Aylward, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Dom Perignon 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1998 + Krug 1996, 1998 and Clo du Mesnil 1996.

4y 10m ago

 Tam Dang, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Some very good champagnes from 1990's

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 Thomas Alsgaard, Pro (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“Great champagnes like Dom Pérignon P3 1990, Krug Vintage 1998 and Palmer Vintage Collection 1995.”

5y 1m ago

 Tam Dang, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Magic champagne Sunday in Helsinki”

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 Nora Löfving-Lihtonen, Pro (Finland)  tasted  3 wines  from  Comtes de Dampierre . In a tasting of  49 wines 

“FINE Champagne Experience weekend ended up with the exciting Champagnes of the Decade 2000s blind tasting. Great and challenging experience for champagne lover:) ”

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