Serge Mathieu


The Mathieu family has lived in Avirey-Lingey since at least the 18th century. Plot by plot, they have built up a vineyard that now covers almost thirty acres. In 1760, then again in 1860 and 1894, notarized deeds show that plots within the commune of Avirey-Lingey were acquired.

Seven generations of vine-growers have now managed the estate, at first selling their grapes to négociant houses. In 1958, Serge Mathieu started to work on the estate with his father France.

As sales of Champagne grew, he produced his first bottles in 1970. From an initial level of 5,000 bottles per year, production rapidly increased to 40,000 bottles, most of which were at the time sold in France. In 1987, his daughter Isabelle joined the family firm after studying modern languages.

She set out on the road, in France, Germany and then Great Britain, making contacts and rapidly extending the clientele. Within the space of a dozen years, sales had grown to over 80,000 bottles, of which 60% were exported