In the sixth century Count Attila – Lord of Pagus – gave the lands of Bouzy to Saint Basles. The reputation of the wines harvested on this hillside spread very quickly outside of the Montagne de Reims. Soon afterward, the best wines from Bouzy were regularly served at every Coronation banquet held for the French Kings in Reims.
It was during the reign of the « Sun King » however, that Bouzy acheived its reknown status.
The Marquise of Sévigné, upon discovering the wines from the Montagne de Reims, wrote about them in her famous letters to her daughter…thereby marking their place in posterity.
Louis XIV, despite warnings from his doctor, preferred the wines from Champagne above all others. It was during this period that Father Godinot, (whose family owned a magnificent vineyard in Bouzy) contributed his knowledge to the discovery of the champagne method.
The wines of Bouzy were listed in Louis XVI’s inventory book of at Versailles.
All during the 18th and 19th centuries, the first champagnes were marketed and sold under the name « Cru de Provenance, » The words « Grand Vin du Trésor de Bouzy » (Great Wine from the Treasure of Bouzy,) « Fine Fleur de Bouzy, » etc… were written on bottle labels.
With the industrial revolution (mid 19th century) the term « Cru » was replaced by the term « Champagne, » but it wasn’t until the Great Depression in 1930 that the name Bouzy was designated on champagne labels. – (translation Susan Adda)