At 09h32, on Tuesday 6 June 1944.
After a voyage lasting twenty-one days, Albert Ricciuti stepped onto French soil for the first time on Utah beach.
His father, an American of Italian origin, had preceded him by twenty-seven years by landing on the French coast in 1917 during the First World War. Coincidence, luck or fate?
Luck was kind to Albert, and he survived the different campaigns in France unscathed. By coincidence, he met Paulette Révolte during a stopover in Avenay-Val-d’Or, and the beautiful story began.
And fate? Fate had been at work for a long time… On his return from France, Albert’s father brought his future bride with him, a young woman from Arles who was to become the mother of Albert Ricciuti.
Time passed, and history became wiser. The respite gave time for reflection. In1963, Albert Ricciuti decided to cross the ocean one more time, to rejoin Paulette Révolte and settle in his newly-adopted region.
Together and happy, the couple Ricciuti Révolte married, savoured their time together and built their own history: the Champagne Ricciuti Révolte.
An American wine-grower! The Champagne region had little time to smile at this utopian idea, for Albert observed, worked, learned and then mastered. If champagne is a jewel, jewellers are passionate about their work, and Albert had the talent.
This family history was to be marked one last time by the history of mankind. On 22 November 1963, thousands of miles away from Avenay-Val-d’Or, Kennedy was assassinated. At the time, Champagne Ricciuti Révolte was expecting the forthcoming birth of an heir. In honour of President Kennedy and his actions, Albert chose John as their son’s forename. Paulette added Charles as a homage to General de Gaulle.
The Franco-American entente saw this as a worthy symbol, the Champagne region saw it as one of the jewels in their crown, but it was now the family’s history that came to the fore. Since 1981, John has pursued the work of the family, to which champagne is a witness. Since then, he has a blended, as for the greatest vintages, all the qualities of his filiation under the label JCR, and the champagnes of the House are widely distributed in France, in Europe and are now ready for the american market.