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Janisson-Baradon was founded in 1922 by Georges Barandon and is one of the few wineries located in Epernay itself. The estate covers about 9 hectares and produces about 70,000 bottles per year. The winery is currently managed in 5th generation by Cyril (management) and brother Maxence (vineyard & cellar).
Of the nine hectares of vineyards, eight are located in Epernay, the rest are divided between Chardonnay parcels in Chouilly and Meunier in Brimont, in the Massif de St-Thierry. Since 1999, all the vineyards have been planted with ground cover and no chemical herbicides or pesticides are used. For several years, the winery has been on the path to organic certification, and some certified organic grapes are already purchased and marketed under the George-Baradon brand. Cultivation of "forgotten grape varieties" is also a field in which Janisson-Baradon is engaged (Cuvée 7C).
Pinot Noir makes up the majority of plantings at 60 percent, Chardonnay 30 percent and Meunier 10 percent. The average yield is 50-55 hl/ha, with single-vineyard Champagnes such as Toulette or Tue Boeuf yielding only 30 hl/ha. The Chardonnay Toulette grows in a Grand Cru site.
The vinification is a mixture of steel and wood. Malolactic fermentation is done for the non-vintage Champagnes. The single-vineyard vintage Champagnes do not undergo malo and are aged 100% in wood (used Burgundy barrels, aged 8-12 months). a certain percentage of barrel-aged wine is found in all the cuvées, even the Non-Vintage Brut Sélection, which contains 30% reserve wines that have been aged in oak barrels.
The champagnes are creamy and spicy, with a very fine perlage. Extremely strong in character are the three single-vineyard champagnes "Tue Boeuf" made from 100% Pinot Noir, "Toulette" from 100% Chardonnay and "Conges" from 100% Pinot Meunier. They are also immediately recognizable because they have no label, but white writing that looks as if it was applied by hand.
Facts: N.M., Epernay, Montagne de Reims, 9ha. 70,000 bottles/year
Biological certification: FR-Bio-01