Established in Maine, Victorieux® Champagne currently imports a Brut Millésime 2009 and a Rosé Brut. Our true Grower Champagnes, sourced from a registered Vigneron Independent, are vinted in a three-generational family winery located in the Côte de Sézanne region of Champagne, France.
Our French champagnes are produced from hand selected sustainable-growth chardonnay and pinot noir varietals. Guarded and quietly aged for years until an elegant balance of fruit and finesse is achieved, these champagnes represent the soul of the vintner and provide a unique expression of passion and terroir.
This Champagne is produced by a Récoltant Manipulant, a grower that makes wine from his own grapes. The Champagne is produced on the 5.60 hectares family winery. The family vineyards and cellars, passed down through three generations, are located in the Sézanne coast region of Champagne. The family vineyards produce varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
All stages of wine making and manipulation are performed within the vintner winery and cellar. The development of this wine is based on the balance of fruit and finesse, with an extended-aging on slats. The vintner exceeds expectations with even his non-vintage Bruts, which are aged for three years as opposed to the industry standard of two. The vintage Bruts, on the other hand, are hand selected from the finest slopes on exceptional years then aged for extended periods.
Thomas M. Brems (J.D., University of Maine School of Law ‘17) began his immersion into French culture by attending a lycée in Troyes, France in 2008. Following this time spent in the Champagne region, his mother, Cara, opened a small family restaurant in the nearby countryside town of Aix-en-Othe, providing further exposure to the vintners of the local villages and hamlets.
Nestled in the small village of Fontaine-Denis, Thomas discovered the champagne of Cédric Guyot. While Cédric’s young son played, and muddied-jumpsuit clad father tended to the tressled vines, Thomas sampled Guyot’s finest. The harmony of the champagne's finesse and the family traditions rounded out the unique terroir. As an art, vinting a fine Champagne requires capturing the unique terroir, sun, and soil of a particular vineyard. The terroir was intrinsic, and the Champagne possessed its own identity as unique as a fingerprint. Thomas fell in love with the wine and the dream crystallized.
Once in Maine in 2014, and with support of the University of Maine School of Law (Bride Family Foundation Entrepreneurial Fellowships '15 and '16), Thomas was able to network in the Maine alcohol industry and legally develop Victorieux LLC. Thomas is now proud to announce the official product launch of Victorieux Champagne in August 2017, and looks forward to serving the Maine community with fine grower champagnes crafted by families that share our state's values for years to come. The way wine should be.
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