We have been cultivating tradition and modernity since 1874 in order to express the wonders that nature offers us.

 

My credo: to express the terroir and demonstrate that Champagne is not just the international brands, but that it is, above all, a unique and diverse wine region.

Philippe Secondé

 

Quite a history

1873: Edmond BARNAUT married Apolline GODMÉ-BARANCOURT from a very old wine growing family in Bouzy.

 

1874:  A vineyard owner and wine broker, Edmond decided to do for himself, what he had hitherto been doing for well-known négociants in Reims and Epernay: he produced his first bottles from his vineyards and created his own brand.

Almost  a century and a half  later, the fifth generation, in the form of Philippe and Laurette Secondé,  perpetuate the philosophy of the founder: to reveal the riches that nature offers in this superb Grand Cru domaine.

 

A very reasoned viticulture that uses natural compounds as much as possible, the exclusive use of organic fertilizers, the spontaneous grassing of the plots, the modern cellar buried very little energy, the photovoltaic cellar cover allowing the electric self-sufficiency, are examples that illustrate our eco-citizen approach.

 

Our domain is certified High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne

 

 

 

The parcellaire, scattered over many plots, offers such a variety of characters to the wines that it gives birth to eight different cuvées of Champagne and two cuvées of still wines Coteau Champenois appellation: the famous Bouzy Rouge and the unique Clos BARNAUT Rosé.

 

Thus, in these outstanding vineyards, where each plot is worked with the greatest respect for nature, where the family has its roots, and where each bottle ages for several years, the story of one of the first grower-producers continues today.


The classification of the crus was established in the 18th century and, in 1911, was formalized by the Champagne producers to allow them to classify their production.  It identifies 320 Champagne wine villages (crus).  Only 17 are classified as “Grand Cru” and these include BOUZY. They represent less than 4,500 hectares of the total 33,700 ha under production.

(For the first time, we see the concept of "Grands Crus" appear in September 1895. These, planted together for 2,800 ha of vines are 13 one in number: Aÿ, Ambonnay, Avize, Bouzy, Cramant, Mailly, Mareuil -sur-Aÿ, Mesnil, Montferé, Oger, Sillery, Verzenay and Verzy, but this is only an unofficial classification, established by the newspaper "Le Vigneron Champenois").