If there were ever a reason to break away from the hardline of only drinking Grower Champagne, it should be for a house like this. Growers they are, and historically important ones here in Bouzy for sure, and they were classified as such with the RM designation for a long time. They have since changed to NM when they expanded operations, but Andre Clouet can clearly still be considered a smaller artisan producer. The status of Négociant-Manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagne, but by no means does that put them in the category of the bigger houses that contract out the majority of their vineyards.
The Clouet family dates back to the 1400’s in Bouzy, began as a wine making house in 1741, and were known as a family of great import by the mid 1800’s. They were known as the official printers for the Royal Court at Versailles, hence the old school yet lavish label design. Beneath their historic propery you will find a labyrinth-like chalk cellar in which you can still see the false walls that were used to hide the precious Champagne bottles during the Nazi invasions during World War II.