• The Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne

    24 May 2019

    The Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne

    This week, our Managing Director, Matt Thomas, has been initiated into one of the most notable and prestigious Champagne Orders in the world, The Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne. It is a recognition of Matt’s personal, as well as Searcys’, contribution to the promotion and celebration of Champagne. Originally founded in the 17th century by the group of aristocrats at the court of Louis XIV, it was revived in 1952 with Taittinger, Laurent-Perrier and Mumm among the founding members.

    Since 1847, Searcys has been championing Champagne, most recently opening UK-first Champagne School at St Pancras Brasserie.

    (Photo – left to right: Matt Thomas, Managing Director, Searcys, Commandeur Bruno Pillard, Founding president of Bruno Paillard Champagne and Paul Bevis, Managing Director of Lanson Champagne UK)

    About The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

    The Ordre Des Coteaux De Champagne, one of the most notable Champagne fraternities in the world, is driven by celebrating the wines of Champagne and their diversity. Membership of the Ordre is granted exclusively to selected wine experts, professional restaurateurs and sommeliers who have contributed significantly to the commemoration and development of Champagne.

    During the mid-17th century a group of aristocrats at the court of Louis the XIV, namely: Mortemart, Ollonne, Brousse and the satirist Saint-Evremont, founded the Ordre. They were wine connoisseurs and particularly fond champagne from the three ‘coteaux’ (hillsides) Ay, Avenay and Hautvillers. Hence the name given to this association ‘Ordre des Coteaux’. It disappeared shortly before the revolution, however, around 1956 a group of ‘champenois’ led by Roger Gaucher and Francois Tatittinger decided to revive the ‘Ordre des ‘Coteaux’.

    Find out more