Jean B Jaunay
| François M Jaunay |
Louis B Jaunay | Frank
C Jaunay | Robert JC Jaunay
| Frank JC Jaunay
Louis Brunet Jaunay 1816–1887
A small marque The story of Louis Brunet
Brunet and Annie had three sons. Annie was determined that
her first born would share her Scots/Irish heritage and
so arranged to be in Ireland for the birth of Frank Cunningham
on 22 June 1851. Frank's second name, Cunningham being Annie's
mother's maiden name. Julius Gilmour was born at Upper Clapton,
London on 30 June 1852. The third son, Arthur Henry Howell
was born on 10 August 1853 at Reims but died six months
later and was buried the the newly acquired family grave
at the North Cemetery, Reims.
The label, L Jaunay & Co [one example is pictured] was
not established until late in Louis' life but he was trading
in wines before Joseph Krug broke away from Jacquesson et
Fils in 1842. In fact products for L Jaunay were manufactured
by Krug. The wines were bottled at Reims using grapes from
vineyards at Aÿ and blended the local wines of that
district. One very French product for the local market produced
by Louis but in fact made by Krug was Tisane de Champagne.
Louis Brunet was also something of an inventor and developed
a new corking machine whose principles are still used in
the process today.
Like his brother-in-law, Joseph Krug, Louis Brunet Jaunay
eventually prospered and was able to give his two sons an
excellent education. Unfortunately as a result they showed
little interest in learning the finer detail of the highly
competitive champagne blending and manufacturing process.
Their father also refused to allow his sons a management
place in the company until they married. This strange attitude
was not enforced to encourage an early marriage, but rather
a desire for his sons to receive a wide experience before
settling down in Reims. Unfortunately this vision or as
it turned out, oversight, was to be the eventual undoing
of L Jaunay & Co.
As a further testimony to his affluence, and a recognition
of his mother, Louis Brunet arranged to hang a gilt framed
portrait of Ann in the dining room of the his residence
in Reims. Ironically this painting's destiny would parallel
that of the family! The bullet hole inflicted by a Prussian
soldier during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 was not repaired.
This painting passed on to the Krug family when the last
of the Jaunays left France. It was destroyed in a German
bombardment of Reims in World War I.