CRAFTING A LEGACY
Rooted in Aÿ, in the heart of Champagne’s legendary Grand Cru region, the Lallier story begins with one family’s philosophy: a sincere respect for nature, and an unwavering curiosity toward the singularity it can bring each year.
1906: RENÉ LALLIER – HISTORIC BEGINNINGS
The Lallier name dates back to the Champagne House’s founder, René Lallier. An environmentalist with a passion for the Aÿ terroir who paved the way for Lallier’s Champagne-making philosophy. René Lallier expected the best quality, from the grape selection to the production process.
1938: JEAN LALLIER – THE ART OF CULTIVATION
In 1938, after gaining experience at Deutz & Gelderman in Germany, René’s son Jean takes over Lallier, introducing new cultivation and production methods, and creating an emblematic cuvée which marries Lallier’s elegant tradition with innovative originality.
1973-1993: JAMES LALLIER – A NEW LEGACY
James Lallier’s arrival in 1973 marks a new era modernizing production, renovating cellars, acquiring new vineyards and purchasing the Lallier mansion in the heart of Aÿ. The daring Blanc de Blancs blend is created under James’ leadership.
2004: FRANCIS TRIBAUT – PASSIONATE RISE
Renowned oenologist Francis Tribaut acquires Lallier in 2004, launching an era of growth with modern restorations and the creation of Réflexions – R and Ouvrage Champagne. He also refines Lallier’s oenological philosophy, combining precision while shining a light on terroir individuality.
2021: DOMINIQUE DEMARVILLE – PASSIONATE MODERNITY
Dominique is one of the most revered experts in Champagne cultivation, with an impressive career of over 23 years in leading cellar positions at several Champagne houses, he was once the youngest Chef de Caves at a major maison at only 31. Acclaimed for his precise contemporary vision of blending, perfectly aligned to the authentic, accessible and sophisticated Lallier style, his objective is to highlight the wines’ complex and generous character, while crafting world-class cuvées and ushering the House into a more global eco-responsible approach. He inherited the mantle of Cellar Master and General Manager at Lallier in January 2021.
OUR PLACES: Aÿ & OGER
Champagne Lallier calls home to two complementary locations in iconic Grand Crus region: the first in Aÿ, which houses our aging cellar, and the second in Oger, Côte des Blancs, where the Maison’s contemporary production facilities are held. Each location compliments the other, marrying aged old techniques with creative innovation.
We’ve always believed that the terroir’s greatest potential is revealed through the unique perspectives of our people. Under the stewardship of acclaimed Cellar Master and General Manager Dominique Demarville, the Lallier team brings heart, formidable knowledge of the terroir and multigenerational craftsmanship to every bottle, adapted over time to create a more eco-responsible legacy.
Dominique is one of the foremost experts of Champagne cultivation, with an impressive 23-year career in leading cellar positions at several Champagne houses, including becoming the youngest Chef de Caves at a major maison at the age of 31. Revered for his precise contemporary vision of blending, perfectly aligned to the authentic, accessible and sophisticated Lallier style, his objective is to highlight the wines’ complex and generous character, while crafting world-class cuvées and ushering the House into a more global eco-responsible approach. He inherited the mantle of Cellar Master and General Manager at Lallier in January 2021.
“Lallier has an exceptional oenological heritage, rich with one of, if not the largest, selection of reserve wines. It remains devoted to a love of Pinot Noir, which allows us to create the special signature of our Champagnes. Along with the entire Lalllier team, I am thrilled to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors, continuing a two century tradition of expertise and excellence in creating such iconic cuvées.”
— Dominique Demarville, Cellar Master
A wine industry veteran trained in oenology and commercial development at some of France’s most prestigious wine institutions, including the Lycée Viticole de la Champagne in Avize, the Lycée Viticole de Macon in Davayé, and the Université de Reims Champagne in Ardenne, from which he received the National Diploma of Oenologist (DNO) and a Validation of Professional Acquisitions. Throughout his professional career, Cyrille has had long-lasting roles at noted Champagne houses, mastering the technical craft of wine production through both traditional and innovative processes. From cultivation to commerce, he brings a unique cross-disciplinary skillset and diverse insight to every bottle produced by Lallier.
A promising young oenologist, Camille was raised in Bordeaux, and studied agricultural engineering at the National Superior School of Agronomy of Toulouse, before receiving her National Diploma in Oenology in 2021. Passionate about sustainable oenotourism, Camille has worked across the wine production spectrum, with experience in R&D, vineyard work, vinification, tastings, and marketing & sales, in some of France’s finest wine growing regions. She joined Lallier in September 2021.
Raised in a family of winegrowers, Mathieu has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years. Passionate about nurturing the grapes of future vintages, Mathieu brings strong business acumen and decades of soil and tillage expertise to the Lallier family, including sustainability-focused training in agroforestry, HVE, and the preservation and development of Champagne biodiversity. He joined Lallier in January 2022.
HOW OUR CHAMPAGNE IS CREATED
Cellar master Dominique Demarville and his team bring thrilling new techniques to the ancestral art of Champagne making, to exalt the nuances of the year’s unique harvest, preserving Lallier’s signature style from grape to glass.