Cattier (or Champagne Cattier) is a family-owned Champagne house situated in the village Chigny-les-Roses in the Montagne de Reims part of Champagne, France. The Cattier Family have been vineyard owners since 1625, and started to produce Champagnes under their own name in 1918. Cattier owns 22 hectares of vineyards, which are mainly classified as Premier Cru on the village-based Champagne classification scale Autre Cru — Premier Cru — Grand Cru. In 2006, Cattier's sales exceeded one million bottles for the first time.
Cattier produces several Champagnes ranging from their standard non-vintage Premier Cru Brut to several limited special cuvées. Varietal compositions range from 100% Chardonnay (a Blanc de blancs) to 75% dark-skinned Pinots (noir and Meunier) and 25% Chardonnay. Cattier is noted for producing several Champagnes in different bottle designs and colors, including a blue glass bottle with a pewter label, a red glass bottle (under the designation "Red Kiss"), a gold-plated bottle designed by Pascal Morabito (under the designation Brut Sésame Millésimée), and a transparent bottle (under the designation Brut Quartz 1er Cru). Some bottles are sold with a metal-thread or arabesque golden-colored thread presentation case.
Since 1625 , Cattier family has cultivated vineyards in Chigny-les-Roses, on Reims Mountain, Premier Cru Area.
A sustainable vineyardEdit
La Champagne seeks excellence in all of its wines, both sparkling and still. This objective cannot be limited merely to the quality of the wines we make; it must be present from start to finish in particular in how its looks after its vines. Ethics and a deep respect for the earth, Cattier rely on are major issues for its all, so the expectations and responsibilities for its businesses are enormous.
Cattier Champagne has been committed to this process for a generation, as one of the pioneering vineyards in the mid 1990's. At the time, our vineyards were "Ampléos" certified, according to standards set by winemakers who wanted to help protect plant and animal life when caring for their vines. Unfortunately, this standard never earned the recognition it deserved. In 2008, the Grenelle environmental law swept in and brought great advances in terms of sustainability. The various institutions and inter-professional organizations reacted swiftly, and began creating real-world solutions for winemakers.
The "Haute Valeur Environmentale" (HVE) certificate was introduced in 2012, and is overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Cattier roses to the challenge and accepted the new constraints that the standard imposed. As its reward, its vineyards has been HVE level 3 certified (the highest level) since April 2015.
At the same time, our inter-professional organization was working to perfect another standard, labelled "sustainable vine-growing". This was finalized in 2012, and was specially adapted to Champagne vines. After obtaining HVE certification, Cattier turned attention to this one. And in 2017, Cattier Champagne is fully certified a sustainable vineyard !