Region: Champagne, France
Color/Style: Sparkling White Wine
In 1925, Henri, Jean-Marc's grandfather, arrived from his native Poland and settled in Boursault in the Marne valley on the southern slopes of Epernay. He planted vines in the 1960s in Moussy and Pierry, marketing his first bottles in 1969. His son, Richard, an oenologist by training, modernized winemaking and streamlined the domaine.
Then in 2008, his son, Jean-Marc returned to the domaine, fresh off some New World experiences in Napa Valley and Australia, equipped with his own ideas of how to move his family’s domaine forward. Since his arrival, Jean-Marc has converted most of his vineyards to bio-dynamic farming and began aging his wines in Burgundy barrel.
Today he and his wife, Oriane, own about 9 hectares in 45 parcels spread out over 7 villages, mainly on the southern slopes of Épernay, in the Marne valley in Pierry, Moussy, Épernay, Mardeuil, Dizy and Boursault, and in Vertus in the Côte des Blancs. Planted to about 60% Chardonnay with a sizable amount of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir as well.
5 Terroirs for a full expression of racy Chardonnay - 100% Chardonnay 5 terroirs include Vertus 1er Cru - La Justice planted in 1950, Dizy 1er Cru - Moque-Bouteille planted in 1985, Epernay - Les Frileux planted in 1959, Mardeuil - Les Basses Ronces planted in 1982, Pierry 1er Cru - Les Tartières and Les Porgeons planted in 1990 and 1985. Soils: Clayey loam, flinty clay, chalky subsoil Vinification: 100% oak barrels. No fining or filtration. 20% Solera started in 2012. Dosage: 2 g/L - Extra Brut