The year 1911 will mark a turning point for Champagne but also for my family.
Indeed, faced with the revolt of the Champagne winegrowers in 1911, the government called in the army.
My great-grandfather Pierre Bosser, then sergeant of the 94th infantry regiment of Bar le Duc but a native of Plozévet in Brittany, arrived in Champagne and was stationed with his regiment in the château of Comte Chandon of Hautvillers.
Every Sunday morning, Sergeant Pierre Bosser went to mass and sang in the village church where he noticed Suzanne, the young woman playing the organ. It was “love at first sight”!
Arriving at the beginning of 1911, Pierre Bosser married Suzanne Dutarque, daughter of Hautvillers winegrowers, in November of the same year!
Happy to marry a soldier (marriage to a winegrower was not an envied fate at that time), the young bride knew that it was her brother Jean who would take over the family business. However, the First World War changed this course, as her brother was killed in the trenches in 1917.
The young woman’s father, Auguste Dutarque, continued to run the family wineyards, but in November 1932, he died in three days from tetanus. It was a tragedy for the family.
Pierre Bosser then decided to take over the winery. He grew the vines, sold what grapes were needed to keep the business going the following year and stored the rest in the cellar.
The first bottling in the name of Pierre Bosser-Dutarque dates back to 1933 (around 800 bottles).