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Hugues Godmé is the fifth generation to grow champagne in Verzenay. He owns 11 hectares, spread over 80 different plots in five locations in the northern Montagne de Reims. This northern part is typically dominated by Pinot Noir, but Godmé grows Chardonnay on more than half of its area (4 hectares of which in Villers-Marmery). 30% is planted with Pinot Noir, mainly in the Grand Cru certified locations of Verzenay, Verzy and Beaumont-sur-Vesle. The remaining 20% are made with Pinot Meunier and are located in Villedommange.
For Godmé, top-quality vineyard work is the most important factor for later quality in the glass: "When I see the grapes hanging on the vine, I already know how the champagne will taste later." as a result, the grapes develop better than those of the neighboring winemakers: because the vines have deeper roots, they develop more concentration, a little more acidity and, above all, a large minerality. Godmé's operation has been organically certified since 2013.
So far, the majority of champagne has been matured in enamel tanks and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. All plots are vinified separately or in small groups (small locations with a similar terroir). 40% of the production matures in oak barrels, this proportion is to be increased further in the future. The champagnes are not filtered.
Godmé is one of the few producers in the northern Montage de Reims who manages to bring out a great vinousness, depth and expression in his champagnes and the very expression of Verzenay. Godmé does not follow a strict recipe, but assembles the various parameters depending on the circumstances of the vintage. He uses a high proportion of reserve wines for his base cuvées, with 50% or more, which leads to this great vinosity and complexity.
Facts: 11ha., Verzenay, Montagne de Reims, R.M., 100,000 bottles / year
Organic certification: FR-BIO-01