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The story of champagne Marc

Is not only intimately linked to the history of France; it also mirrors its noble heart and spirit.

The story begins in 1626, when Lord François de Baradat, the rich proprietor of a vineyard in Fleury-la-Rivière in Champagne and favourite courtier of King Louis XIII, is condemned to exile by Richelieu, for romantic liaisons and for provoking the Marquis de Seguier to a duel. Returning to his estate in Fleury-la-Rivière, which at the time was renowned for its red wine, François de Baradat had to wait until the death of Richelieu to fi nd favour in the royal court again. When he eventually returned to court he bequeathed his estate; it is the legacy of Champagne Arthur Marc.