Grower Champagne, referred to as "récoltant-manipulant" in French, produce wines using grapes grown exclusively on their own land. Unlike larger Champagne houses, which often purchase grapes from multiple sources to create their blends, grower/producers have a more intimate and direct connection with the entire Champagne-making process, from vineyard management to the finished product. These artisan wines express the terroir of their land through their unique characteristics.
A champagne of 100% Pinot Meunier. It is produced by maceration of black grapes for 24 to 36 hours. In contact with the skins the juice obtains a ruby colour and red wine tannic aromas. It is only produced in the best years because the bleeding requires extremely healthy grapes.
Base wine 2016, Disgorged 09/21, Dosage 7gr/L.
The Caracteres extra brut cuvee offers complexity and richness with notes of yellow fruits and citrus. A blend of 80% petit meunier, 15% pinot noir and 5% chardonnay. The reserve wines are aged in oak barrels and the meunier is from both banks of the valley. A gold medal winner.
Base wine 2015, disgorged 07/22, dosage 4gr/L.
A fresh, fruity champagne comprising 60% Petit Meunier and 40% Pinot Noir. The grapes are from 2 terroirs, Damery and Fleury-la-Riviere, both very sunny and ideal for growing Meunier and Noir. The Meunier gives a roundness and there is a rich mouthfeel. Oysters and crab are perfect accompaniments.
Base wine 2019, disgorged 07/22, dosage 5gr/L.
This excellent Champagne is a blend of 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. It's a fruity and floral cuvée, elegant and of great finesse, introduced by notes of peach, quince, roasted almond, acacia flowers and hawthorn. Exceptionally fine bubbles!
Base wine 2020, disgorged 11/22, dosage 6gr/L.
A 100% pinot noir champagne combining richness and delicacy while offering great freshness. 2018 was a generally warm year producing grapes of good maturity and optimal concentration. The grapes are aged in oak barrels for 10 months, then spending at least 3 years in cellar to develop the aromatic palette. No dosage, to preserve the characteristics of the terroir. Vintage 2018, disgorged 07/22, dosage nil.
A 100% petit meunier champagne from the heurte-loup (wolf-strike) plot in the Mardeuil vineyard. It is a soil essentially made up of clay, which will bring aromatic expression, but also of chalk and flint, which give grapes with beautiful minerality. Aged in oak barrels for 10 months, then cellared for 3 years. No dosage to preserve the characteristics of the single plot.
Vintage 2018, disgorged 07/22, dosage nil.
This champagne, the Blanc de Blancs, is 100% Chardonnay from the Marne Rive Droite valley. The grapes are from 2018 which was generally warm, producing good maturity and optimal concentration, but still a fresh and fruity champagne. The grapes spend 10 months in oak barrels followed by 3 years in the cellar to develop. A fabulous aperitif. Vintage 2018, Disgorged 07/22, dosage 5gr/L.