In July we went from Lhéry in the northwest of the region to Buxeuil in the south. In between, we also visited the small village of Talus-Saint-Prix in the Côte des Blancs.
Two organic and one biodynamic producer that all employ meticulous attention to every stage of the vinification yet maintains a very hands-off approach.
Champagne Elemart Robion
Champagne Elemart Robion is a 4 hectares family-run domain located in the village of Lhéry in the Ardre Valley, with plots in Lhéry and Courtagnon.
The vines are a majority of Pinot Meunier, but also some Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petit Meslier. There are rumours that a champagne made from 100% Petit Meslier will be released soon - watch this space about that.
The vineyards are farmed organically to get closer to the soil and the environment, allowing the character of the terroir to express itself fully.
VB 01 – Extra Brut
Grapes: 90% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 4 g/L
Founded in 1971 by Michel and Marie-Claude Jeaunaux this domain located in the village of Talus-Saint-Prix is since 1999 run by their son Cyril and his wife Clémence. The domain owns 4 hectares in Talus-Saint-Prix in the Vallée du Petit Morin, Côte des Blancs and 1,5 hectares in Montier-en-l'Isle in the Côte des Bar.
Following the principles of organic farming, there is very little intervention in the cellar, allowing the different terroirs to express themselves as naturally as possible.
Rosé de saignée - Brut
Grapes: 100% Pinot Meunier - Rosé de saignée
Dosage: 8-9 g/L
Champagne Vincent Couche
Champagne Vincent Couche is located in the heart of Côte des Bar, spread over two terroirs: Montgueux, with a plot of 3 hectares Chardonnay on cretaceous chalk soil, and 10 hectares of primarily Pinot Noir in Buxeuil on clay-limestone.
Vincent has been working the vineyards biodynamically since 2008, and this makes him able to fully express the richness and complexity of the grapes and terroir.
Sélection Parcellaire – Brut Nature
Grapes: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Dosage: 0 g/L