At the start of the 2nd World War, André Robert began to work in the vineyard with the use of a horse. In 1960 he bought the estate as it is today with its amazing chalk-stone cellars for ageing dating back to the 19th century – and began to sell his own bottled champagne in 1962. Bathed in the world of Champagne throughout his childhood, Bertrand Robert took over the estate in 1961, with his wife Colette joining him in 1990.
” In summer my mother would leave me to play at the foot of a grape vine. I would play while she worked in the vineyard. This was my first contact with the land – I was aged 4-5.1 cm to the right, 2cm to the left, a little further forward, just a little backward – STOP! My father would say. The barrels had to be perfectly aligned! This was the first contact with wood – that noble and living material.
See the shed in the middle of the vines? We used to eat there at lunch time. It would have taken us an hour on foot with the horse to go back home for lunch, said my grand-father. These are some of the reasons behind my passion for the job”.