The Champagne House, based in Ludes, was founded in 1868 by Victor Canard and his wife Léonie Duchêne. In 1890 it was taken over by the two sons Edmond and Alfred. The house became the court supplier to Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918). The family crest with the Russian double-headed eagle and the insignia of the champagne schnapps dates back to this time. On the occasion of the company's 100th anniversary, Canard-Duchêne sponsored the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. In 1978, the company came into the possession of Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, which contributed significantly to the success of the brand. Later it was shared with this house by the group LVMH and finally in October 2003 Canard-Duchêne of Alain Thiénot Bought. The champagne On average, they ripen for three years in cellars whose corridors stretch for six kilometers through the chalk cliffs of the Montagne de Reims. The "breed" consists of 35-40% Pinot Noir, 35-40% Pinot Meunier and 22-25% Chardonnay, The Cuvée de Prestige with more than a third of production share is named after the French King Charles VII (1403-1461) "Grand Cuvée Charles VII", who owed his 1429 in Reims coronation of Joan of Arc. It is assembled from over 70% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. There is also a "Rosé" with additional Chardonnay. Every year, about three million bottles are produced, of which only about five percent are from own vineyards with 15 hectares.