SEBASTIAN RILEY-SMITH INTERVIEWS
LEADING FIGURES FROM THE GREAT
WINE HOUSES OF THE WORLD
Comte Audoin De Dampierre
Champagne Dampierre
For over 700 years, the Dampierre
family has been associated with the
Champagne region and Comte
Audoin de Dampierre’s great-
grandfather started the family
production of champagne in 1880.
The finest vintage bottles of
Champagne Dampierre are
distinguished by ‘ficelage’ a traditional
method of securing the cork to the
bottle with twine. Up until the First
World War, all champagne corks were
attached with hemp twine, and only
after that period did wire gain general
acceptance.