From generation to generation


Our story is one of devotion and hard work by two families of genuine Champenois winegrowers. The Perrin family runs Champagne Charlier & Fils, one of the last champagne houses to maintain the tradition of using large-capacity oak barrels known as “foudres de chêne”. Their skills and experience are passed on from generation to generation.

Throughout its history, each member of the Charlier and Perrin families creates, innovates and makes an everlasting mark on our estate.

In 1892, Armand Perrin, a cooper by trade, thus began marketing the champagne that he made in his barrels, casks that came from his own cooperage. His son Amand Perrin and grandson Maurice Perrin would later ship their champagne wine in larger quantities and further improve its quality, as evidenced by the many diplomas they were awarded at winemaking competitions (see photos).

 

In the Charlier family, Roland and Andréa began to market their bottles in 1956, followed by their son Jackie Charlier and his wife Nicole, the third generation, who set off alone on the adventure by becoming grower-producers. They then traded under their family name. They were committed to expanding the vineyard and acquiring plots of land around Montigny-sous-Châtillon. In 1960, they built the cellars and the current winery, where visitors have been welcomed ever since.

At the time, Jackie and Nicole were real pioneers in wine tourism, and made a name for themselves by promoting the importance of welcoming customers and giving cellar tours.

 

1992 was a turning point, when Carole Charlier and Yves Perrin, who had already been married for several years, took over the estate. They became the representatives of the brand as we know it today: Champagne Charlier & Fils. Together, they increased Champagne sales and production. In 2000, they created a tasting cellar to reflect a changing customer base and brought in new oak casks to maintain the quality of their cuvée wines.

Maxime Perrin, their son representing the fifth generation, joined the winery in 2004. He too is passionate about working with vines and wood. Every day, he strives to preserve the authenticity of Champagne Charlier & Fils.