Champagne and the Jaunay family
The Jaunay family and their descendants have
been key players in the champagne industry since 1800.
Brunet's and subsequently Jaunay's
François Marie Jaunay and his half brother, Louis
Brunet were key clients during their ownership of the Soho
hotel and associated restaurant.
Jacquesson et Fils
Adolphe Jacquesson based himself at Jaunay's Hotel when
acting on behalf of his family's business because they had
experienced a long period of difficulties with foreign agents
who were failing to adequately represent the company in
its overseas dealings. The business was based in Châlons-sur-Marne
and Adolphe was the third generation of the family to operate
The reputation of the products of the firm were enhanced
in France by the patronage they received from Napoleon after
he visited the establishment in 1810 and Adolphe wanted
to extend that popularity to Britain.
Adolphe was quickly charmed by Louisa Jaunay, the younger
daughter of François Marie Jaunay and after a short
engagement they were married by licence at St Martin in
the Fields, London on 10 Feb 1830. By this marriage the
Jaunay's were to become even more closely linked to the
manufacture of champagne.
Krug et Cie
Joseph Krug worked for Jacquessons and met Louisa's older
sister when she came to Châlons-sur-Marne on visits.
Eventually they married. Shortly after, Joseph Krug had
a disagreement with Adolphe and relocated to Reims where
he established his own business which not only survives
to this day, but makes what many consumers would say was
the best champagne of all!
Emma and Louisa's brother, Louis Brunet Jaunay settled in
Châlons-sur-Marne with the Jacquessons and learnt
the trade too and eventually based himself in Reims. Louis
was some thing of an inventor and his most notable contribution
to the industry was probably his corking machine. Unfortunately
Louis did not allow his sons access to the management of
the business early enough and their lack of experience coupled
with phylloxera meant it was expedient to sell the label
to Krug. The label is now held by Piper-Heidsieck—now
majority owner of Krug. They recently released a new champagne,
L Jaunay on the UK market.