Region: Champagne, France
Color/Style: Sparkling White Wine
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
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.
Prolonged aging of the Solessence cuvée. 50% Chardonnay, 40% Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir Villages: Pierry, Moussy, Epernay, Mardeuil, Dizy, Boursault, Vertus Soil: Mostly flinty clay on chalky subsoil Vinification: 70% Stainless steel vats, 30% oak barrels. No fining or filtration. No dosage