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Kitchen of the Week: At Home in the French Countryside with an Upstart Champagne Producer, Vipp Kitchen Included

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Kitchen of the Week: At Home in the French Countryside with an Upstart Champagne Producer, Vipp Kitchen Included

December 27, 2018

Viticulturist Cédric Bouchard is a Champagne maker on the up; he’s only been making Roses de Jeanne, his signature label, for a few years, but he’s already selling in 30 countries and his limited-production biodynamic Champagne is served at of-the-moment restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen and Oaxen in Stockholm.

Cédric and his wife, Émilie, a graphic designer, and their two small daughters live in Aube, a small town in the Champagne region of France, in a 300-year-old manor house they’ve painstakingly renovated, preserving the original details but filling the interiors with modern furniture and a streamlined, precisely engineered kitchen from Danish company Vipp.

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Photography courtesy of Vipp.

Émilie and Cédric, who both grew up in a neighboring village, &#8
Above: Émilie and Cédric, who both grew up in a neighboring village, “weren’t even in the market for a new home,” Émilie says. “We were looking for new cellars for our wine, but when we saw this 18th century stone house, with the extra annexes and wine cellars, we realized it would make it possible to combine our private and professional lives.”
 “I walk barefoot all day, in and out of the house, so having a kitchen raised on legs spares my feet from bumping into the toe kicks of traditional cabinetry, Cédric says.
Above: “I walk barefoot all day, in and out of the house, so having a kitchen raised on legs spares my feet from bumping into the toe kicks of traditional cabinetry, Cédric says.
The kitchen island is from Vipp, as well as the Kitchen Tap, Pedal Bin, Kitchen Roll Holder, and Soap Dispenser. The herb-filled vases are from ABC Atelier Belart Creation.
Above: The kitchen island is from Vipp, as well as the Kitchen TapPedal Bin, Kitchen Roll Holder, and Soap Dispenser. The herb-filled vases are from ABC Atelier Belart Creation.

Émilie and Cédric chose a kitchen island from Vipp to take center stage in the grand space, which features paneled walls and integrated cupboards. “We saw only the corner of this kitchen in a magazine,” Émilie says. “But we cancelled the one we had already ordered, because this was the right kitchen. We know the quality of Vipp’s bin, and therefore trusted that the kitchen carried the same finesse to quality and detail. We ended up buying it over the phone without having seen it in real life.”

 A freestanding Bulthaup B
Above: A freestanding Bulthaup B2 Cabinet complements the Vipp kitchen island.
“I like to surround myself with timeless objects, products that last functionally and aesthetically,&#8
Above: “I like to surround myself with timeless objects, products that last functionally and aesthetically,” Cédric says. “It’s the reason we bought a Vipp kitchen; it won’t go out of fashion because it’s not based on trends.”
 Cédric with the couple&#8
Above: Cédric with the couple’s daughter Emma. “We’re passionate about bio-dynamic wine growing, and the kitchen is always filled with organic produce from the weekly local market,” Cédric says.

“My father was a Champagne wine grower, and I grew up playing in the vines,” Cédric says. “At the age of 14, I was sent to Lycée Viticole, where I studied winemaking. I didn’t like Champagne; it didn’t interest me a bit. Today, I’ve found my own path, and my passion for wine is unmistakable. Yet, I still don’t like bubbles.

“Most people buy champagne for its sparkling and festive attributes. To me, the wine is the key, and the bubbles are only an accessory. That’s why my bubbles are less dominant than in other champagnes. In fact, my single vineyard, single grape variety, and single vintage wine is a cross between still wine and Champagne.”

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Above: “We often invite our clients into the kitchen for a tasting,” Cedric says, “so it had to stand out.” The stacking Tumbler Glasses are from Vipp.
 Émilie, who is a graphic and interior designer, created the labels for the Champagne.
Above: Émilie, who is a graphic and interior designer, created the labels for the Champagne.
 The architectural details in the interiors of the 300-year-old were kept intact; in every high-ceilinged room, molded panels, wooden floors, and original tiles and marble fireplaces contrast with more modern elements.
Above: The architectural details in the interiors of the 300-year-old were kept intact; in every high-ceilinged room, molded panels, wooden floors, and original tiles and marble fireplaces contrast with more modern elements.
A view into the kitchen.
Above: A view into the kitchen.
 Cédric and Émilie with their younger daughter Violette.
Above: Cédric and Émilie with their younger daughter Violette.

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