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Monday 27 March 2023

New owner to pounce for Champagne Henriot

Champagne's largest grower co-operative has begun exclusive negotiations to buy the Champagne Henriot brand from recently formed conglomerate Artémis Domaines.

Terroirs et Vignerons de Champagne (TEVC), which already owns the Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and Castelnau brands, is apparently the leading bidder for Henriot, French wine news website Terre de Vins reported.

The Terroirs & Vignerons de Champagne group has also recently purchased historic Maison Abelé.

The Artémis Domaines group has the Jacquesson Champagne brand, upon which it is apparently willing to focus while offloading Henriot.

TEVC was formed in late 2021 when the co-op behind the Nicolas Feuillatte label merged with Castelnau owner Coopérative Régionale des Vins de Champagne.

It created a regional Champagne powerhouse with 6,000 growers and 3,000 hectares under vine.

Nicolas Feuillatte is the best selling Champagne brand in France, and third largest globally behind Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot.

Henriot was created in Reims in 1808 and Alice Tétienne, formerly of Krug, is the cellar master. 

She began her career at Nicolas Feuillatte so will enjoy a homecoming if the deal goes through.

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