Our story

For four generations, the family history of Champagne Fernand Lemaire has been written in the emblematic village of Hautvillers, classified 1er Cru.

In 1860 Fernand’s parents, Jeanne and Eugène, were already cultivating a few vines, but Eugène was first and foremost the village blacksmith.

Fernand realised the richness of his terroir and decided to devote himself entirely to the winegrowing profession. Independent by nature, he invested in his own press, his first vats and had his cellar dug into the chalk. In 1903, the first Fernand Lemaire Champagne was produced, the result of mastery from A to Z…

Three generations of winegrowers followed, perpetuating a know-how handed down from generation to generation.

In 1960, Robert, trained by his father in the traditions of the Champagne region, expanded their vineyard and cellar in Hautvillers. 

In 1984, Fernand’s grandson Frédérique and his wife Christine developed mechanical tillage in their vineyard. They not only expanded the vat room and cellar, but also raised the profile of their champagne house in France and abroad.

Fernand’s great-grandchildren, Hélène and her brother Benoît, have been running the family business since 2022. Today, they perpetuate the Champagne know-how as a family, and continue to reveal the excellence of their terroir.