We all know that women love Champagne.
And women love making… Champagne also!
Notable women in Champagne’s history include:
- Lily Bollinger
- Louise Pommery,
- Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt,
- Mathilde-Emile Laurent-Perrier and
- Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin of Veuve Clicquot
As I mentioned on International Women’s Day, many women in wine work with a partner — and that partner is often a spouse as we also discussed in our post about Cabernet Franc. Of course MEN also work with female partners (ahem). But in the widow’s case, her partner died, and for AR Lenoble, it’s a team of siblings.
A few days after my visit with the Widow, Sue and I opened a bottle of AR Lenoble that had came highly recommended to me by a somm I knew who was also at the WineHouse LA.
AR Lenoble is a company 100% family owned and managed by Anne Mallasagne and her brother Antoine. For the past 25 years or so, they’ve transformed the business with Antoine focused on the vineyards and the winemaking while Anne does administrative management and communication.
Anne Mallasagne is also a co-founder of La Transmission for women of Champagne; in order to “share the experience of women in the business.”
According to an article A Glass of Bubbly, “the group does not seek to promote their individual wines or brands, though the quality across the board is superlative, even by the strict standards in Champagne. “It’s not a comparison, it’s a cooperation,” said Mallasagne. “We want to create a space for women in the industry.”
“We share tradition, value, quality, and story telling,” she continued.”
The diverse members include a veritable who’s who of houses great and small worth learning more about and tasting. In addition to Anne Malassagne and co-founder Vitalie Taittinger, the other members of the group of ten women are:
- Alice Paillard (Champagne Bruno Paillard),
- Maggie Henriquez (Champagne Krug),
- Floriane Eznack (Champagne Jacquart),
- Delphine Cazals (Champagne Claude Cazals),
- Evelyne Boizel (Champagne Boizel),
- Chantal Gonet (Champagne Philippe Gonet),
- Mélanie Tarlant (Champagne Tarlant),
- Marie Gillet (Champagne Veuve Devaux).
- Host Julia from Julia Coney.com speaks on “Women of Champagne Making Shift Happen”
- Pinny from Chinese Food & Wine Pairings whips up “Women Who Make Champagne AND Woman Who Helps Us Learn About Champagne #Winophiles #tastelikehappy”
- Cynthia and Pierre from Traveling Wine Profs talk about biodynamics with “Biodynamic Grower Champagne with Make-Your-Own Sushi Dinner”
- Martin from Enofylz Wine Blog writes on overcoming with“Overcoming the Odds Twice – The Women of Champagne Duval-Leroy”
- Gwendolyn from Wine Predator talks about champagne with halibut with the “Wonderful Women of Champagne and Halibut 3 Ways for #Winophiles”
- Jill from L’Occasion writes about “Working With the Classics: Advice from Women in Champagne”
- Robin from Crushed Grape Chronicles asks the question, “Where Are the Women in Champagne?”
- Camila from Culinary Adventures with Camila makes you hungry with “Glazed Beet & Burrata Toasts + Alice Paillard”
- Nicole from Somm’s Table talks frommage with “Champagne Dames, Lamiable Extra Brut, and a Hot Cheesy Mess”