Bertrand, great-grandson of the House’s founder, Henri Lhôpital, took over the reins of the House in 1998. An agricultural engineer and oenologist, with a depth of knowledge enhanced by touring the wine regions of the world, Bertrand has dedicated his life to upholding Champagne Telmont’s legacy. His conviction? Viticulture should be green and virtuous to minimise the impact on the environment and on winegrowers.
Bertrand Lhôpital is a visionary. He is determined to ensure that quality comes before quantity. His focus can be summarised in three words: vines, soil and terroir. This quest for quality goes together with his ecological and environmental conscience. Bertrand phased out herbicides on the estate and is in the process of converting a part of the Champagne Telmont vineyard to organic agriculture. His passion and hard work paid off in 2021 when the Telmont Champagne House launched its first certified‑organic cuvée, Réserve de la Terre, at a time a mere 4% of vines in Champagne are organic agriculture certified!
The Rémy Cointreau group identified with the values of the House and Bertrand Lhôpital’s vision, and purchased a majority share in October 2020.
A native of the Champagne region, born in Epernay, Aurore developed a passion for wine early on. Her first internships with renowned regional houses and the many tastings she performed there further piqued her interest in champagne. Today, Aurore is an essential member of the Telmont House, and accompanies Bertrand Lhôpital, Head of Viticulture and Cellar Master, daily in his perpetual quest for the unique style of Telmont Champagne.