Loyalty - Humility - Courage
« Our story begins in 1912 when Henri Lhopital, visionary and intuitive, decides to be more than a wine grower after the 1911 Champagne Riots. He establishes his own house to grow, produce and sell his champagne under his own name.
His son André identifies the potential of his father’s legacy and he in turn decides to give their champagne an identity that would reflect the strength and singularity of their family culture.
Destiny then takes over. The coat of arms of his battalion during the second world war is a knight helm. He recognizes in the values of chivalry what has always defined our family values. The COURAGE to look ahead in the future, the LOYALTY to our wine grower know-how and the HUMILITY towards nature it imposes.
The helm becomes our logo and its motto ‘Nec pluribus impar’ — ‘Unlike any other” will guide our House. In 1952, inspired by the name of one of our parcels he creates the J. de Telmont champagnes.
A live heritage
André’s son Serge Lhopital will further the expansion of our Maison and install its headquarters in Damery at 1 Avenue de Champagne. He asserts our Master-Artisan of champagne character. The harvest by hand has always been precise and delicate. For our Prestige cuvees, the art of “tiré-bouché liège” (ageing on natural cork) is carried on; the wine-making and ageing take place in foudres (large oak vats); riddling is still hand-made…
Our family proudly perpetuates with passion this tradition and develops it. Our ambition: the ongoing search of excellence: always better wines of Champagne, the expression of our history.
Today, to continue their family legacy and pave the way for the generations to come, Pascale and Bertrand, brother and sister at the helm of the independent family estate, further commit to bold and audacious choices. Conscious of the importance of transforming our farming and production practices all the while respecting our ancestral know-how, they engage the Maison on the organic path, with our longterm objective to become 100% organic.
This is a passion that has been filling with life our family since four generations