Pommery is a Champagne house located in Reims and claims to be the inventor of the Brut style of Champagne so popular today.
The house was founded in 1858, primarily as a wool trading concern. On the death of her husband in 1860, Louise Pommery began to dedicate the company to Champagne production and it soon became one of the region's largest brands. She purchased 120 Roman-era limestone and chalk pits (crayères) which formed 12 miles of cellars under the city of Reims which allowed storage of more than 20 million bottles.
The brand is known for its freshness and finesse, epitomized by the range-topping Cuvée Louise. This is made up exclusively of grapes from the three top Grand Cru vineyards: Avize and Cramant for the Chardonnay and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir.
The house claims to be the creators of the first Brut champagne – the 1874 vintage of Pommery Nature. Until then, Champagne was higher in sugar and alcohol to offset high acidities, but Pommery changed its process to appeal to English tastes, which ran to drier wines.