No law such as “AOC” (“Wine of Controlled Origin in France”) existed to protect the wines of the Champagne area.
In order to prevent other wines from using the name “CHAMPAGNE”, to the detriment of their customers, the growers rebelled !
It was during these events of 1911 that our ancestor, Edmond Dubois, was so passionate in the defense of his profession and the traditions of Champagne that his colleagues named him “Le Rédempteur de la Champagne”. (that means “The savior/redeemer of Champagne”)
Then came the First World War. In 1918, our village Venteuil was totally destroyed. Delayed by these major events, it was finally in 1927 that a law protecting Champagne was voted in. This law meant that grapes grown in the Champagne area could only be used to make Champagne. Therefore, we can proudly proclaim today that :
“The only Champagne is from Champagne region”.
In 1911, the founder of the Company Edmond Dubois, our ancestor, was nicknamed “Le Redempteur” of Champagne by his fellow wine-growers.
Indeed, at the beginning of the 20th century, the economic situation for the wine growers was difficult.
The vineyards were ravaged by a disease which destroyed the vines: the “phylloxera”.
The 1910 harvest was catastrophic and on top of this, high taxes wiped out the growers.
At this time, the most serious problem to be addressed was the lack of official legal protection.
It is certainly down to the attention to detail and the passion of our work that has rewarded us for several years with some distinctions, as well as Golden and Silver medals in guides or specialized magazines.
We celebrated with pride 100 years of the creation of the brand of the “Rédempteur”, during whole of the year 2011
Passion and professionalism characterize the deserving defer-granddaughter of a historic figure of Champagne.
To the memory of our ancestor, we remain a family company and elaborate our Champagne in the respect and the tradition.
So, all our Champagnes, our Vintages, are maturing/ageing from 10 to 11 months in oak barrels, and, the bottles riddling is always done by hand.
To our children, we transmit this love for our work to allow “Champagne du Rédempteur” stays and remains a beautiful story.
And for tomorrow, the succession is inherited by Vincent, the 5th Generation, the youngest son of Claudy and Patrick. So the family Know-how and the tradition are passed from generation to generation.
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Edmond Dubois & Blanche LEPAGE
Edmond DUBOIS born at Damery, March 7th, 1872
Blanche LEPAGE born at Venteuil, 22th July, 1874
Wedding the 10th January 1895
During the revolt of 1911, our ancestor Edmond Dubois defended the profession and tradition of Champagne with so much faintness that his entourage called him “the redeemer of Champagne.”
The AOC Champagne was born as a result of this revolt.
Philibert DUBOIS & Cécile BEAUNY
Philibert DUBOIS born at Venteuil, 14th April, 1908
Cécile BEAUNY born at Boursault, 26th February, 1911
Wedding the 23th May 1931
Son of Edmond Dubois and Blanche Lepage
From 1938 to 1945, Philibert went to war.
For 7 years, Cécile guided Champagne Rédempteur, in order to perpetuate the evolution of the family house.
Claude DUBOIS & Geneviève FOIN
Claude DUBOIS born at Epernay, 23th April, 1938
Geneviève FOIN born at Epernay, 7th January, 1939
Wedding the 25th Juny 1960
3rd generation Son of Philibert and Cécile Dubois
Claude & Cécile developed the production and set up the wine nursery.
They created the brand “Les Almanachs” and “Claude Dubois”.