The winemaking roots of the Michel ARNOULD family date back to the end of the nineteenth century. At this time, the Lefevre grandparents were farming vines in the Grand Cru soils in Verzenay but they were only working in the vineyards, the grapes themselves being sold to the Champagne Houses in the village who had presses.
After the collapse of grape prices in 1929 and the rebellion this caused, Henri Lefevre decided to make his own Champagne so he then kept some of his production for himself. His first bottles were commercialised, mainly locally, at the beginning of the 30’s.His son André, once he had invested in a tank and a ‘Coquard’ press, increased the production. As from the end of World War 2, adopting simultaneously the roles of salesman and winemaker, at the wheel of his Citroên KZ, he travelled all over France to introduce his wines.
At the beginning of the 60’s the marriage between his grand-daughter Françoise and Michel Arnould mark the birth of the Champagne Michel Arnould which gives another dimension to the business. Acquisition of a house and a large plot of land 28 rue de Mailly, acquisition of one hectare of Grand Cru vines in Verzenay, the construction of a building of 1500m² and the purchase of two 4000kg presses all contribute to increasing the production capacity of the farm. Michel Arnould will also be at the origin of the expansion overseas with, as from 1972, an important export market to England.
Today it is his son Patrick and his son-in-law Thierry who are carrying on this family tradition. They assert their identity as Propriétaire-récoltant (Owners and Producers) by developing the commerce started by their elders and by creating more and more authentic vintages