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"The quality of a champagne mainly comes from perfect work in the vineyard" was the principle of Geraldine Lacourte's father, who brought in his first harvest in 1968 - just a few thousand bottles - after the family had sold the grapes to the big houses for generations .
In 2006 she took over responsibility for the family business together with her husband Richard Desvignes (what a name for a winemaker!). Having traveled around a lot before and employed in responsible management positions, this return home was like a revelation, as Geraldine emphasizes.
In 2016, the changeover to organic farming took place and the vines to be exchanged are now only replaced with vines from the company's best gene pool (“selection massal”).
The wine should perfectly reflect the terroir.
The wood of the barrels comes from the area, the plots are all processed individually, pumping or filtration is avoided - craftsmanship and respectful treatment of nature is the top priority.
Geraldines and Richard's vineyards are all located in Écueil, the western flank of the Montagne de Reims, and are mostly planted with Pinot Noir (85%, the rest is Chardonnay), which is also reflected in most of their cuvées.
The dosage is precisely adapted to the requirements and circumstances of the individual cuvées and is usually in the extra brut area, so that a harmonious whole results. Finesse and subtle elegance are the defining stylistic elements of this firm champagne, accompanied by fine, subtle fruit, quiet, profound and animating drinkability.
They are modern champagnes, which never deny their traditional roots and are prepared with the greatest care and responsibility.
Facts: R.M., Ecueil, Montagne de Reims, 8ha, 63.000 Bottles