In 1873, Edmond BARNAUT married Apolline GODMÉ-BARANCOURT, descendant of a very old vineyard family of Bouzy. A broker-presser and wine-grower, he decided in 1874 to do for himself what he did for the well-known merchants of Reims and Epernay, making his first bottles and creating his own brand.
His first cuvée, the Grande Réserve, which makes him a pioneer vigneron of “manipulation” is still elaborated to this day.
Today, almost a century and a half later , withPhilippe and Laurette Second, the fifth generation still maintains the philosophy of the founder: “reveal all the riches that nature allows to express” on this superb estate classified Grand Cru.
A very reasoned viticulture which uses the natural compounds as much as possible, the exclusive use of organic fertilizers, the spontaneous grassing of the plots, the modern cellar buried with very little energy, the photovoltaic cover of the cellars allowing the self-sufficiency electric, are Examples thatillustrate our eco-citizen approach.
The fragmentation, spattered on the whole of the places, offers such a diversity of characteristics to the wines that it allows to give birth to eight different cuvées of Champagne and two vintages of calm wines of appellation Coteau Champenois: the famous Bouzy Red and l ‘Unique Clos BARNAUT Rosé.
The range of wines was established in the XVIII thcentury and formalized in 1911 by the Champagne region to enable them to classify their production. It lists the 320 villages in Champagne with vines (crus).Only 17 are classified Grand Cru including BOUZY.They represent in total less than 4,500 hectares out of the 33,700 in production.
(For the first time, the notion of “grands crus” was introduced in September 1895. There are 13 hectares of vines, planted together with 2,800 ha of vines: Aÿ, Ambonnay, Avize, Bouzy, Cramant, Mailly, Mareuil -sur-Aÿ, Le Mesnil, Montferé, Oger, Sillery, Verzenay and Verzy.
However, it is only an informal classification, established by the newspaper “Le Vigneron Champenois”).