Place of sighthounds in History till on caps of Champagne wines

What can be the best link between History, Heritage, heraldry, city who french kings were crown, Champagne region and champagne wine ? Evident : sighthounds dogs breeds !


Sighthound, “lévrier” and the female in french “levrette”, a royal dog, elegant, bubbly and  above all present over the siecles, witness and partner, fellow of kings and aristocrats. (Those dogs are in the group number 10 who classify dogs breeds).

The sighthounds are shown in Art on differents materials : paintings, frescoes, statues, potteries, tapestries, change, dishes, vases, and are loyal figure  on coat of arms for nobles families or villages and cities.

Greyhound or whippet also there, fellow after the death, like this one on the tombstone wanted by Anne de Bretagne for her parents, François II and Marguerite de Foix. Anne de Bretagne one of those personnalities who played a big part to the passion in France the sighthounds.

Xavier Przezdziecki’s great book, is a bible about the place of sighthounds in History « Le destin des lévriers » (translation : “sighthounds destiny”), book printed by Edica’s editions.

The sources are extremely varied and  spread during siecles. It’s the subjet of varied collections on the account of Champagne Damien-Buffet on Pinterest :

All of it till the official opening of the royal collection of champagne’s caps in tribute to those dogs breeds on bottles caps of champagnes of Damien-Buffet house. They’ll like that preside at the start of sparkling of those wines of celebrations, party, feasts, all around the world. It’s the place who seems to be there place, showing them at the best place : around family, events of life and happiness.


The theme about the place of sighthounds in History has been chosen by Champagne Damien-Buffet House, as a tribute to those breeds of special dogs. It became self-evident :

Reims, city of coronation of 35 french kings, situated at 8 kms of our winery in Sacy. The cultural heritage of the city shows some sighthounds on tapestries, and some can be seen on the renovated pediment of the cathedral. They were there in front of this cathedral and historical monuments during kings coronations.

Some whippets or greyhounds are also included more well known tapestries than those of Palais du Tau in Reims, like the 6 taspestries of « La Dame à la Licorne » at Cluny’s museum.

or in Bayeux the tapestry named la « Reine Mathilde » or the « Grand-Britain conquest» by Guillaume the Conqueror.

List of 126 coat of arms of villages in France shown geographically, showing a sighthound (greyhound, whippet) who are named “lévrier” or “levrette” for the female in french. The sighthound is in heraldry the symbol of loyalty.

Many families from aristocracy in Europ included also a sighthound in their coat of arms. But for them, sorry it’s impossible, even if it’ll be interesting to see it near the villages’ coat of arms and known like that if some regions, some historical periods or facts are part of the decision of this choice of symbol.


Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House has now 12 classy and elegants ambassadors, 9 whippets, 2 galgos and 1 greyhound. A royal collection numbered from 1 to 12 for the 12 differents dogs and on the reverse of the caps the name of the dogs, the breed, the country they come from. All of them are with the wire cage on each bottle, of all the cuvees of champagnes premier cru (except for LElixir who is a limited edition).

Those sighthounds ambassadors has been chosen by drawing lot after a photos contest who 5 countries took part of it (France, Switzerland, UK, Czech Republic, USA) in Autumn 2016.

It’s the time of an annual cycle of the vineyard, from the change of the look of the bottles, beginning of wine tourism animations, after renovation of the farm of the family for work and welcome, shop spaces, , changing for a responsive design bilingual website, with blog and social medias profiles and content. All of it  rewarded by the french quality certification label Vineyard and Discoveries.

Since the official opening of  the royal collection of champagnes’ caps of 12 whippets, greyhound or galgos, you can now buy all the bottles and cuvees of champagnes DAMIEN-BUFFET’s House who have them all (excep l’Elixir, limited to 250 bottles by year), and collect the caps bottle after bottle with the discovering of which dog ambassador is on the top of each bottle of champagne, or you can buy directly the caps collection if you are collector, or if you would like it as a gift for someone who is collector or like the dogs.


The official opening of the cuvees of champagnes DAMIEN-BUFFET, with those breeds on the caps on top of the bottles with the wire cage, and the reward of the winners of the photos contest, who was done in autumn 2016, were part of the  central programme of the 2017 occasion of the global Champagne Day (click here to see the photos album)

NB : Champagne Day, it’s the third Friday each october all around the world. The beginning was in USA like a pre-diner shared through social medias with photos or videos of the tasting of champagne. The Champagne region organize his 8 occasion in Aube and in  Sacy with Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House since 2016.

Charles Palmer and his family, guests of honor for Champagne Day in Sacy on 20/10/2017, winemakers of english sparkling wines in Sussex, Charles Palmer Vineyards, through the story of their family coat of arms who it has a greyhound on it and the sharing of their wines, drawed a parallel with the tasting of cuvees of champagnes Damien-Buffet. All of it contributed to the open-mindedness like that sighthounds give us the example with their character joyfull and sociable.
It’s crossing the spirit of Mission and actions of « Hillsides, Houses and Cellard of Champagne » who organize some reconciliations stays. Champagne region, for this file, entered in the list of World Heritage since the 4/7/2015. Reims, Unesco’s city and each of all the 320 villages in Champagne region are involved in wine tourism and for doing better in Champagne AOC area .

The association Soligalgos is very active, to save and rescue some galgos in Spain, and in add during historical médieval reconstruction (fêtes johanniques in Reims, and also during the celebration of Jeanne d’Arc in Orléans, and for the event around ducales de Guise). Those actions are exactly in the thematic de of the place of sighthounds dogs in History.

The President, Muriel Douheret, accepted to participate to Champagne Day in Sacy (journée mondiale du Champagne in french), with around ten members costumed, with galgos dogs. It’ helped to show the story of those breeds and the respect we have to have to those dogs.


The first pleasant walk was on the terroir of Sacy on 21/10/2017, the day after Champagne Day. The walkers, hikers and families with dogs discovered the natural and beautiful view between vines of Sacy and the forest of Natural Regional Park of Montagne-de-Reims.

All people were happy of this moment between nature and tasting, from the vineyard to the wine, quiet walk with family, or friends, with the doggies. Why stop there, the plan of the circle for the walk who is an hour long or a bit more is possible and done by everybody.

NB : click to see the photos album of this first walk between dogs lovers and champagne lovers in Sacy

For all who’ll be interested in this kind of walk, animation, contact Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET by phone or mail, your need and question will be carefully considered. For example if you would like to organize a walk or a tour in nature around Sacy, or come to taste the wines during a journey or a morning, or  if would prefer some things for adults and some for children at our winery and around, all of it shall be possible but we need some details and dates to organize all for the best.

Véronique, Henry DAMIEN and their children
Welcome to the winery of Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET’s House
12 Châtillon’s street
51500 Sacy, France
Phone or short message : +33 (0)3 26 05 98 17 ou +33 6 08 93 66 87
Email : [email protected] or [email protected]

Photos contest game to illustrate our new corks caps of bottles of champagnes




The House of Champagne Damien-Buffet, who organize the contest is
Registered on Reims, France, Chamber of Commerce under the number : 483 319 851
Head office : 1 Châtillon’s street, 51500 Sacy, France, and the cellar of the House 12 Châtillon’s street 51500 Sacy, France.

The House of Champagne Damien-Buffet organizes from 27/11/2016 midnight to 11/12/2016 midnight (French hour), a game free of charge, without purchase obligation named : «Jeu-concours photos chiens lévriers de la Maison de Champagne Damien-Buffet» in english « Photos contest of greyhounds, whippets, galgos, deerhounds breeds of dogs, organized by the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet, according to terms and conditions described in the present rules.

It isn’t organized or sponsored by Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or any company who’ll be used to connect to the Internet or for sending photos, datas, or questions about the contest.


This game free of charge is open to all physical person aged 18 years old and more, having Internet connexion available and an email address working. The members of the family business House of Champagne Damien-Buffet and their families, and all people being engaged in the development of the contest game cannot take part of the contest.
The goal of the contest game is to choose at the end some photos of heads of dogs taking part of this contest game, by the owners or breeders and their dogs of those breeds : whippet, english and italian greyhound, galgo, deerhound.
The winners photos will be used to illustrate our new corks caps set/collection of the range of the champagnes cuvees of the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet, under this actual form or future form (because the packaging will be changed soon), or be used for accessories destined for the selling. Ex : keyring, cork who stop the bubbles, bottle bag (not exhaustive list).
Those photos’ll be used till the next photos contest game for the next set of corks caps, or till the choice of an other theme for the corks caps of the The House of Champagne Damien-Buffet. In add the photos should be used in albums, or posted one to another, during the contest game, to thank the players and their dogs.

Each player will have to :

  • Send a photo of the dog (of the breeds detailed under article 1) alone on the photo. The photo needs to be taken on a neutral background, without copyright, dog in the posture of his/her choice, who let anyone recognize the breed and share the passion of the breed.whippet-corps-valium-champagne-damien-buffet-concours
  • Send a photo of the head of the same dog (of the breeds detailed under article 1) with a pale/light background and without copyright.tete-whippet-valium-champagne-damien-buffet-pr-capsule
  • Send the complete contact details of the player owner (Name, surname, postal address, country, valid email, phone), and the complete details of the dog on the photos : official name and name of the breeding farm and usual name of the dog, age of the dog and breed between the breeds noticed at article 1 and there.

In this example it’s a whippet dog 11 years old, named Valium, owner ….address…

The dogs on the photos who’ll be allowed to take part of the photos contest game will be some greyhound breeds and especially whippet, english & italian greyhounds, Spanish greyhound (galgo), scottish greyhound (deerhound).
Each player accepts that the photos sent will be used for commercial or non commercial uses by the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet, in the setting of this photos contest game, and will be posted and shared without restriction on their website and through social medias accounts like Twitter, Google Photos, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest (no limitated list) and let all their authors rights on the photos sent for the contest to the family business who organize the contest game.

Each player accept that the photos will be shared, commented, publicized, or liked through social medias, mails, especially by dogs lovers and champagnes lovers. The goal is to enter and sparkle contacts between greyhounds lovers and champagne lovers.

The contest game is under the french law applicable to the contest games.
The fact to take part of this game implies the acceptation of the rules clear and simple, without reservation.


This game will last during the time between the dates noticed on article 1 of the contest’s rule.

The players will have, during this time, to send the photos described article 2, by mail at this email : [email protected] or will ask for help to people who know how to use Internet or have an email, if them don’t have some, to be able to send by mail. Date and hour of the receipt of the mail will prove the validity of the respect of timing of the contest game. An aknowledgment receipt will be sent to the players by email, or a mail of impossibility of validity if their photos or the timing isn’t corrects, according to the rules of the contest game.

The prizes will be ready when the bottles of champagnes will be corked with the new personnalized corks caps after their realization ASAP. Each winner will win a bottle of champagne or a set of 9 corks caps with some photos of winners dogs on them.

Only one entry will be allowed per person : same name, same surname, same address during all the time of the contest game.

The game is publicized, commented on social medias and Website, but in no case the providers or companies of those social medias platforms will be responsibles in case of dispute about the game.


54 winners will be picked at random during the month after the end of the contest game.
The winners will be contacted by mail in this delay, confirming the detail of the prize won and the terms and conditions to receive it. Each winner who’ll not reply in a delay of 5 days, after this mail noticing the prize, will be considered like renouncing to the prize, and the prize will be offered to an other winner.

The draw will took place between all the players and will determine 54 winners between the players who sent some photos like described in the rules, and the contact details of the owners and their dogs and after being sure the owners are 18 years old or more.


The game is endowed with the prizes listed after it. They will be taken with the list of the following prizes. They will be award to players who will be designed as winners by drawing lots and who respected the rules. Each winner will win only one prize.


  • 1 Bottle Demi-sec Tradition Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 16,30€
  • 1 Bottle Brut Tradition Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 15,90€
  • 1 Bottle Brut Réserve Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 16,95€
  • 1 Bottle Rosé Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 17,45€
  • 1 Bottle blanc de noirs Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 17,45€
  • 1 Bottle blanc de blancs Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 19,40€
  • 1 Bottle Brut Prestige Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 20,45€
  • 1 Bottle L’élixir édition numérotée Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy value TTC 45€
  • 1 Bottle Brut Prestige millésimé Champagne Damien-Buffet from Sacy (magnum) value TTC 55€
  • 45 sets of 9 personnalized corks caps with the winners photos on it (unknow value)

The House of Champagne Damien-Buffet can verify the age and identity of the winners before delivery of the prize, and that the winners persons are really owners or breeders of the dogs who entered the photos contest game and that those dogs are really from a breed listed in the rules. Like that he wills not have any doubt for legal rules of the game.

It’ll be impossible to exchange the prizes against their value in money or against an other prize. The House of Champagne Damien-Buffet will never been responsible of the use or not, or the trade of the prizes by the winners. In case of force majeure, the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet will be able to replace the initial prize against an other of the same nature or value.


The players give permission to the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet for the verification of their identity, the breed of the dogs and that they are really owners or breeders of them. Incomplete details listed in the rules or no respect of the rules or photos not as described in the rules, and/or fraud or attempt of fraud will be a case of elimination of the entry of the player author of it.


The players of this game accept all the present rules. This rule can be seen and/or download on the Website of the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet during all the time of the game at


None reimbursement will be possible for the costs for the participation of the photos contest game, about provider(s) of phone or Internet connection or other reasons.

Click on this link to download the rules of the photos contest game organized by the House of Champagne Damien-Buffet.

Véronique et Henry Damien
Cellier de la Maison de Champagne Damien-Buffet
12 rue de Châtillon
51500 Sacy, France