Château des Castaignes, the origin of the Demoiselle name

The Château des Castaignes, perched on the hillside above the delightful valley of the Surmelin river a few kilometres from Epernay, in the heart of a park designed by Edouard Redon who also designed the park of Villa Demoiselle, had been waiting since the 18th century to tell is magnificient story.

At the beginning of the 20th century, “Demoiselle” was the name given to the damselflies that flew over the pond, at the foot of the Château, fed by a tributary of the Surmelin. The damselflies and irises at Les Castaignes were the natural inspiration for the Art Nouveau in the decoration that adorns the bottles of champagne Demoiselle.

Art Nouveau, a major school of art at the beginning of the 20th century, paid tribute to the natural world of flowers and plants that was a constant source of inspiration for Emile Gallé, Lalique and Daum.

Les Castaignes gave rise to these exceptional cuvées that were christened with the sweet name “Demoiselle”.

 
 

The Iris, majestic emblem of champagne Demoiselle

The iris has a long, rich, glorious history. In Greek mythology, Iris was the messenger of the gods. When she came down from the sky to deliver a message, she left behind a rainbow. Legend has it that Clovis, King of the Franks, was able to flee the Visigoths when he saw marsh irises growing in a stream bed, so he knew that he could cross the water. He made the flower a royal emblem.

From the Temple of Amun in Upper Egypt to King Minos’ frescoes in Crete, to precious Japanese prints, many artists throughout the ages have depicted the iris. Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, René Lalique, Alfons Mucha, and Ernest Blérot… painters, architects, sculptors, and jewellers… so many artists have been inspired by the beautiful Iris. It is a symbol of femininity and elegance, so it was quite natural that the Iris would become the emblem of Demoiselle champagne.

 

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