Founded in 1899 in Dizy, just outside of Epernay, Champagne Pannier is a historic and storied house. After nearly 40 years of building its reputation through excellent workmanship, Champagne Pannier began a new chapter, moving to Château-Thierry in the Marne Valley, in 1937. Here, magnificent medieval stone quarries dating back to the 12th century were discovered; today they are the very cellars where Champagne Pannier ages their wines. A fourteenth-century engraving of a medieval bowman, discovered in these cellars in 1999, inspires the house’s emblem and its motto: “Aim for perfection.” Pannier’s timeless values of quality, balance, and skill, are represented in the bowman and in the wines he watches over.
In 1974, Champagne Pannier became the flagship brand of the powerhouse union of growers COVAMA, giving Pannier access to the best Champagne Crus across multiple regions.
Independently run, Champagne Pannier benefits from a controlled supply of grapes over 70 hectares selected by their teams throughout Champagne. One third of these 70 hectares come from the 700 hectares of their cooperative members. Sustainability is a top priority and there is an ongoing VDC and HVE certification process for the winegrowers of COVAMA, with a goal of having 100% of areas certified by end of 2023.
Grapes are sourced from the best of their growers in the Marne Valley (30%), as well as top crus in Montagne de Reims such as Mailly, Verzy, Ambonnay, and Verzenay (35%), and in Côte des Blancs such as Cramant and Chouilly (35%).
With the benefit of access to the very best vineyards across Champagne, Pannier utilizes Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs for its delicacy, Meunier from the Marne Valley for its fine fruitiness, and Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims for its structure.
The secret then is in the blending – the delicate and decisive task of which Champagne Pannier has entrusted to its talented Cellar Master, Yann Munier. Yann and his team of oenologists have developed a coherent and elegant assortment of Champagnes with a clear style, thanks to the dominant presence of Pinot Noir and Meunier, supported by a large proportion of Chardonnay.
The house benefits from a modern, state-of-the-art production site that combines tradition and technology to achieve consistent quality.