Champagne Monsarrat

A Champagne worthy of the finest novels

In 1956, celebrated English author Nicholas John Turney Monsarrat, already the owner of Stoneleigh estate in New Zealand, discovered the vineyards of Champagne during a tour of the region. Passing through vineyards and across the countryside, his trip led him to the edge of Ludes, in Marne, where he came across a diminutive abandoned vineyard covering barely 5 hectares.


He immediately fell in love with it and on his return to London, he put pen to paper and featured his new passion in his latest novel, aptly named ‘The Visitor’. Four years later, he returned to the vineyard, this time with the keys to the house and the firm intention of making it his home. He carried out major work in the winery and cellar, and renewed both the equipment and varietal range. In addition to the local Pinot Noir, he imported his taste for Chardonnay from England. Although he only produced 50,000 bottles a year, his Champagnes gradually found favour with enthusiasts and were listed by the region’s top restaurateurs.


The blend undeniably yielded a perfectly balanced, clean, mineral wine with lovely notes of citrus and bergamot. When the writer passed away in 1979, all of these attributes would ultimately persuade the Benson-Darill family to buy the property. The son, Jason, the wealthy heir to a family of Scottish handlers, was particularly drawn to the property and he took it over in 1981. He set about developing a new range for export markets. Today, his daughter Sarah Darill has taken up the torch and has her sights clearly set on writing a new chapter in the story...

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