The P. Louis Martin champagne house was founded in 1864 in Bouzy by Louis Martin. Bouzy is one of the 17 Champagne villages that is classed as Grand Cru. Not only is Louis Martin a family run business but they also own all of their own vineyards.
Louis Martin was a keen champenois. He actively participated in founding the Bouzy Cooperative and was elected its founding President. Thus he started out in wine making in 1929. His son Paul actively helped him in particular in extending the chalky cellars in order to obtain the best conditions for ageing the wine.
Both men were dedicated to the “terroir” of their village, Bouzy, which was named as a Grand Cru Village, in part due to the excellent quality of the Pinot Noir grown here.
Among the 17 Champagne Villages classed as Grand Cru producers, Bouzy has an exclusive vineyard: facing due south, on chalky soil. It has a remarkable micro-climate: protected from the north winds by Montagne de Reims. Louis Martin’s Pinot Noir vineyards still form the majority of all the wine blends and have an average age of 20 years.
Nowadays, his daughter Francine, aided by her son Vincent, has taken over and they remain fervent about the quality of their champagne. Thus, the wines produced by this estate have retained their character as developed by the hand of the Master who first produced them, having great success globally and winning many awards.
Not only is Champagne P. Louis Martin family owned and run, but it also owns all its own vineyards. The family home, winery and its deep natural cellars are surrounded by 10 hectares of vineyards where the grapes for the wines are grown. No grapes are bought in, allowing complete control over the quality of fruit, and in time, the quality of the champagne.