Paul, Marcel, Jacques and Michel, Laurent today. Each of the men of the Hostomme tribe has contributed to writing the Hostomme legend. A name with German sounds that would find its origins on the Baltic coast.
A LEGENDARY LINEAGE
Who knows whether a Goth or a Visigoth, who came to fight against Attila, would not have wished to set up his camp at Choeli (the ancient Chouilly). Enjoying it, he would have then decided to settle there and discover the local customs to absorb them and better fit within the community... Fiction or reality? What we know is that in Chouilly, we can find traces of the surname Hostomme as from the 13th century. It would hardly be surprising that these brave ancestors had left their own imprint in the castle being built… Or even in the major battles that are engaged in these medieval times.
PAUL: THE FOUNDER
As far as we can remember, the men of the Hostomme family have always farmed the land. Starting with the first one being known, Louis-Denis Hostomme, born in 1783, ploughman from his job. He prepared the land in heritance to his son, Louis-Alexandre (1823), who became a farmer.
The Hostomme legend
Actually started with his son, Ambroise- Félix. From him, we know his date of birth: 1855. Also, the name of his wife: Victoire-Augustine Hostomme. Together with the names of their four children, including the eldest, Paul, born in 1877. Before the 19th century, one couldn’t make a living from the vines. All the farmers grow their land in polyculture. It was in this rural, humble context that Paul and his family lived and they were logically aiming to such destiny. However, one element shall decide of the course of their life, and commit that of their descendants. The choice to develop viticulture.
MARCEL: THE VISIONARY
In his triumphant twenties, Marcel writes the continuation of the adventure initiated by his father, Paul. He did so with caution, of course, since in the thirties, polyculture was still sustaining the family. More of a winegrower than a farmer at heart, Marcel buys out some plots of vines. He also surrounds himself with the right people. Above all, he is not afraid to take bets on the future, for example by buying out frozen vines.
develops: the sale of grapes decreases but that of champagne increases, what gives the idea to Marcel to build the brand Paul Hostomme in tribute to his father. Growing up in the love of vines, his sons Jacques and Michel naturally get involved very early in the vine work. Upon the death of Paul, in 1951, the family company is renamed Champagne M. Hostomme
JACQUES AND MICHEL: THE UNIFIERS
It is then clear that Jacques and Michel join their parents in the estate in the midsixties before taking up its management a few years later. Together, the two brothers take some strategic decisions, namely by turning to exports.
Thanks to the work of a commercial agent who develops their presence in England, this opening-up to international trade enables sales to grow. The aim of 70,000 bottles sold is quickly reached as from 1985. Then Belgium and Germany are added in turns, allowing for going over the aim of 100,000 bottles.
LAURENT AND CHRYSTELLE: THE FEDERATORS
Born in 1971, Laurent has always had the winegrowing passion in his blood. It was therefore logical that he should take over the family business one day! After his Higher Technician Diploma (BTS) in Viticulture and one extra year of specialization in commerce, Laurent officially integrates the structure in 1993. In 1997, he gets married with Chrystelle, who joins him for the Labelling part while welcoming the customers, before focusing on the administrative part, for which she is helped by Sarah, our commercial assistant. In 2012, the new boss of the tribe can fully enjoy his independence. With the transition to the year 2000, the sales of bottles exploded (+ 25,000 units). This boom pushed the company to even better organize their work. Chrystelle and Laurent welcomed their first child, Paul, in 2005. This is a big event both for their private and professional life, which will notably decide for the new orange labelling of the brand. A federating colour also gathering a fan club. Gradually, the brand has made its way to sell more than 230,000 bottles today. A success that would not have been possible without some kind of organization, at human, technical and equipment level. Nor without some flexibility and a capacity for anticipation inscribed in the Hostomme genes and that Laurent makes a point to duly observe in all circumstances.