The slopes lined with the vines of the Grande Champagne
guide you towards the property. Two alambics reign over
the distillery where you will have your tasting session.
Everyone in Dany Barbot Marcadier’s family is a wine grower. Her paternal and maternal grandparents were. Her father Marcel, who worked on his parents’ vineyard in his early days, eventually took over the vineyard that belonged to the parents of his wife, Dany’s mother, Simone. Dany’s brothers are also wine growers: the elder one, Serge, on the family vineyard, and the other one, Michel, on his wife’s vineyard, 5 kilometres away. And Dany’s husband, Alain, was not afraid of giving up his profession as a carpenter to become a wine grower himself on the family vineyard. To enable him to do that, Marcel taught him all of his expertise and was an unfailing source of support. Alain now takes care of the distilling and bottling.
But Dany always wanted to teach, so she became a maths teacher, initially full-time and then part-time. Yet this did not mean abandoning viticulture. Having been born on the estate, grown up on it, run around between the vines, climbed the trees and watched the development of this estate, on which cows were reared and all of the grape harvesting was done by hand, she really wanted to be part of the adventure! But today, she is the wine grower’s wife, and this situation suits her down to the ground. So when she is not in the classroom, she welcomes customers, explains the distillation processes to them, and shows them her products, her property and its lovely viewpoint in the middle of the valleys. She also attends trade fairs for tasting and activity weekends.
Always smiling and good-humoured, she likes to talk about family products, products in which quality is more important than anything else. Growing the business and direct sales is her challenge, and she goes about it with courage and passion. Her son Frédérick and her son-in-law Damien now work with her: things always stay the same with this family of wine growers. So the vineyard has many bright days ahead of it. And the alliance between the names Marcadier and Barbot is still displayed on the bottles, as a sign of a very strong family unit.